UN chief welcomes Security Council vote for elimination of Syria's chemical weapons

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“Today's historic resolution is the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcoming the unanimous vote in the Security Council to endorse the decision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

“Today's resolution will ensure that the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme happens as soon as possible and with the utmost transparency and accountability. Ensuring the verified destruction of chemical weapons is a difficult task in any circumstance. In Syria, the inspectors – who are scientists and technical experts – will have to contend with the realities of the continuing conflict. “

Secretary-General Ban says as we mark this important step, we must never forget that the catalogue of horrors in Syria continues with bombs and tanks, grenades and guns.

“A red light for one form of weapons does not mean a green light for others. This is not a license to kill with conventional weapons. All the violence must end. All the guns must fall silent.”

Secretary-General Ban says we must capitalize upon the newfound unity of the Council by focusing on two other equally crucial dimensions of the conflict: the dire humanitarian situation and the political crisis.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  1’30″

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