UN chief receives final report on use of chemical weapons in Syria

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Secretary-General speaks to correspondents before his meeting with Ǻke Sellström (29/04/2013)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received the final report of the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria from the Head of the Mission, Professor Åke Sellström.

In remarks upon receiving the report, the Secretary-General again commended the team of experts led by Professor Sellström for their important and courageous work.

He noted that they have carried out their tasks with the highest degree of professionalism, and did so in the face of many dangers.

"Much has happened since the first allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria in March of this year. The Syrian Government acknowledged that it possessed chemical weapons and subsequently joined the Chemical Weapons Convention; an OPCW-UN Joint Mission was established and continues to oversee the timely elimination of Syria's chemical weapons programme in the safest and most secure manner possible." (29″)

Secretary-General Ban stressed that "the use of chemical weapons is a grave violation of international law and an affront to our shared humanity," adding "We need to remain vigilant to ensure that these awful weapons are eliminated, not only in Syria, but everywhere."

He will brief the UN General Assembly on Friday and the Security Council next Monday

Donn Bobb, United Nations

Duration: 1’16″

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