World leaders have "moral obligation" to help end Syria conflict: Ban

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The international community has the moral obligation to unite immediately and help put an end to the Syrian conflict.

That's what the UN Secretary-General says in a statement on the first anniversary of the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Ghouta.

Ban Ki-moon describes the attack as "horrific" and "shocking", as he once again conveys his deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones.

He calls on the international community to remember those who perished in what he calls an "inhumane" act.

Mr. Ban notes that since the attack, the Syrian conflict has continued unabated, spilling over into neighbouring countries and sparking a humanitarian catastrophe.

The conflict has also fuelled further human rights violations and crimes against humanity and contributed to the spread of terrorism, he adds.

Mr Ban pledges to do his utmost through the United Nations and his Special Envoy for Syria to end the war.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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