Ban calls for swift access for UN mission to investigate alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains deeply troubled by the reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

A statement from the UN Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General believes that the incidents reported Wednesday need to be investigated without delay.

Deputy Spokesperson Edouardo del Buey says the Secretary-General has been in touch with world leaders on the matter and has instructed Under-Secretary-General Angela Kane to travel to Damascus.

“The Secretary-General now calls for the Mission, presently in Damascus, to be granted permission and access to swiftly investigate the incident which occurred on the morning of 21August 2013. A formal request is being sent by the United Nations to the Government of Syria in this regard. He expects to receive a positive response without delay. The Secretary-General reiterates his call for a cessation of hostilities so that humanitarian assistance can be urgently delivered.”

Spokesperson del Buey says senior UN officials have been in contact with the Syrian authorities since the first reports were received.

He says the Secretary-General takes positive note of Wednesday's meeting of the Security Council as well as the conclusions by the President of the Security Council supporting his intention to conduct a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’11″

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