UN chemical weapons experts complete second day of work in Syria

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The team of United Nations experts who are investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria has completed its second day of work, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The work of the team was interrupted when unidentified snipers opened fire on their convoy on Monday.

Secretary-General Ban, who is in The Hague, in the Netherlands says "the use of chemical weapons by anyone for any reason, under any circumstances, will be an atrocious violation of international law."

He stresses that any perpetrators should be brought to justice adding that at this time it is essential to establish the facts.

"That is why the United Nations Investigating Team is on the ground to do just that. They have completed as of this moment the second day of investigations. Just days after the attacks they have collected valuable samples and interviewed a number of victims and witnesses. The team needs time to do the job. That is why earlier today, right here in Peace Palace I said give peace a chance. Give diplomacy a chance. Stop fighting and start talking." (35″)

Secretary-General Ban warns that the latest escalation of the conflict in Syria has caused "horrendous casualties and raised the spectre of chemical warfare."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration:  1’33″


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