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Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2118 on chemical weapons in Syria

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2118 (2013), endorsing the expeditious destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, with inspections to begin by 1 October. The Council also agreed that in the event of non-compliance, it would impose “Chapter VII” measures. 27 September 2013 United Nations, New York Photo # 564722Deeply outraged by the use of chemical weapons on 21 August in a Damascus suburb, as concluded by a United Nations investigation team, the Security Council this evening endorsed the expeditious destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, with inspections to begin by 1 October, and agreed that in the event of non-compliance, it would impose “Chapter VII” measures. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.9

Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN, speaks at the opening meeting of the General Assembly’s sixty-eighth session. During the meeting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed on the findings of a UN team investigating the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. 17 September 2013 United Nations, New York Photo # 561062The report by the UN chemical weapons inspectors was transmitted to the Secretary-General on 15 September by Professor Ake Sellström, the head of the investigation team. Briefing the Security Council on its findings the following day, the Secretary-General said that the Mission had unequivocally confirmed that Continue reading

Clear evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the press following Security Council consultations on the Report of the Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. The Report concluded that chemical weapons were used in the Ghouta area of Damascus on 21 August, 2013. 16 September 2013 United Nations, New York Photo # 560944A United Nations team probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria has found “clear and convincing evidence” that Sarin gas was used in an incident that occurred on 21 August in the Ghouta area on the outskirts of Damascus in which hundreds of people were reportedly killed. Continue reading

Latest from the UN chemical weapons team on Syria

The report by the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic has been turned over to the Secretary-General. It was transmitted today, 15 September, to the Secretary-General by Professor Ake Sellström, the head of the Mission, and the Secretary-General will provide it to the Member States tomorrow morning. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General welcomes Syria’s letter on accession to treaty banning chemical weapons

The Secretary-General has received a letter from the Government of Syria, informing him that President Al-Assad has signed the legislative decree providing for the accession of Syria to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction of 1992.  In their letter, the Syrian authorities have expressed their commitment to observe the obligations entailed by the Convention even before its entry into force for Syria. Continue reading

FAQs about the UN Mission to Investigate the Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic

Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled in the city of Homs, Syria. 09 June 2012 Homs, Syria Photo # 516846The Secretary-General’s Mechanism to carry out prompt investigations in response to allegations brought to his attention concerning the possible use of chemical and bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons was developed in the late 1980s. Triggered by a request from any Member State, the Secretary-General is authorized to launch an investigation including dispatching a Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.7

Ahead of his participation in the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit in St. Petersburg on 5 September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a lecture at St. Petersburg State University on the theme, “United Nations: Youth and Education”. 04 September 2013 St. Petersburg, Russian Federation Photo # 560069On 31 August, the UN Investigation Team departed Syria and arrived in The Hague after collecting samples from Ghouta, the Damascus suburb that was the scene of an alleged use of chemical weapons. On 3 September, before departing for the G-20 Summit, the Secretary-General told the media that the UN Mission led by Professor Åke Sellström was working Continue reading

UN chemical weapons inspection team finalising processing of samples returned from Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Ake Sellström, head of the UN technical mission to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (file photo)Samples collected by the United Nations chemical weapons inspection team in Syria are now being transferred from The Hague to laboratories for analysis, according to a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Since the return of the Mission last Saturday, the UN team worked around the clock to finalise the preparations of the samples in view of Continue reading

Samples collected at site of alleged chemical weapons use in Syria to be sent to labs today

With the Syrian crisis uppermost on his agenda and back at UN headquarters in New York after cutting short an official visit to Austria, Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to consult with world leaders by phone, as he prepares to be briefed over the weekend by the UN investigation mission on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. 30 August 2013 United Nations, New YorkSamples collected by the United Nations chemical weapons inspection team in Syria will begin to be transferred to laboratories today, according to a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The whole process will be done strictly adhering to the highest established standards of verification recognized by the Continue reading