UN chief calls for a united Security Council response to Syria crisis

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference on the latest developments related to the crisis in Syria. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged members of the Security Council to unite and develop an appropriate response if it is confirmed that chemical weapons have been used in Syria.

Mr. Ban spoke to reporters on Wednesday before leaving for the meeting of major economies known as the G20 scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, later this week.

He said the UN mission investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria has worked around the clock following its return from Damascus over the weekend to prepare the materials it gathered for analysis.

Secretary-General Ban announced that all biomedical and environmental samples would have arrived at the designated laboratories by Wednesday, adding that the UN is doing its utmost to expedite the process.

"Bearing in mind the primary responsibility of the Security Council, I call for its members to unite and to develop an appropriate response, should the allegations of use prove to be true. The Security Council has a duty to move beyond the current stalemate and show leadership. This is a larger issue than the conflict in Syria; this is about our collective responsibility to humankind." (25")

The Secretary-General said "whatever the source, this latest escalation should be a wake-up call for the international community," stressing that the atrocities the Syrian people continue to suffer must be put to an end.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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