UN officials urge Syrians to cooperate with probe on alleged use of chemical weapons

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Secretary-General (left) meets with OPCW Director-General

United Nations officials have called on all parties in Syria to extend their full cooperation to the UN investigation on the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country.

The call was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü after their meeting in The Hague on Wednesday.

They said they took serious note of the attack on 26 August on the UN convoy with the inspectors investigating the allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria.

They stressed that such incidents must not be allowed to happen again, and that the work of the UN investigation team represents an impartial and objective means to establish the facts regarding the allegations.

Their work must therefore be treated as inviolable and all cooperation must be extended to the Mission that includes avoidance of hostilities by all parties, the two officials said.

Secretary-General Ban and OPCW Director-General Üzümcü praised the courage and dedication of the UN, OPCW and World Health Organization staff serving on the investigation team.

They also welcomed the support extended by the international community.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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