Chemical weapons allegedly used in Damascus

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Chemical weapons were allegedly used on Wednesday in Syria in the suburbs of Damascus, according to a statement attributable to the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

Spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told reporters that the Secretary-General was "shocked to hear the reports" and is aware that a number of Member States, the Arab League and the European Union have also expressed grave concern.

The Spokesperson says Professor Åke Sellström and his team are currently in the Syrian Arab Republic.

“The United Nations mission to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria is following the current situation in Syria carefully, and remains fully engaged in the investigation process that is mandated by the Secretary General. Professor Sellström is in discussions with the Syrian Government on all issues pertaining to the alleged use of chemical weapons, including this most recent reported incident. “

According to the Spokesperson, the Secretary-General reaffirms his determination to ensure a thorough investigation of the reported alleged incidents that are brought to his attention by Member States.

The Secretary-General reiterates that any use of chemical weapons by any side under any circumstances would violate international humanitarian law.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 1’20″

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