Security Council hears final UN chemical investigations report on Syria

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

We should all be deeply concerned by the findings of the final report of the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria.

That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters following a briefing he gave to the Security Council on the matter.

According to the report, "chemical weapons were used not only in the August attack in Ghouta area of Damascus, but on several other occasions, including against civilians".

The Mission, led by Swedish scientist Professor Åke Sellström, investigated seven of the 16 allegations it received and reviewed.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ban Ki-moon has appealed to Syrian parties to end the violence and provide humanitarian access.

"We have started distributing winter aid to help people cope with the harsh conditions that are taking hold. We must also overcome the severe and chronic underfunding of the relief effort. The 2014 appeal for Syria launched today in Geneva is the biggest in the history of the United Nations: $6.5 billion to meet needs inside Syria and to help the more than 2 million people who have fled the country. I call for generous support, including at the pledging conference I will convene on January 15th in Kuwait."

The Secretary-General has called on States and organizations with influence on the Syrian sides to help them prepare for constructive engagement.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’36″

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