Tag Archives: Åke Sellström

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

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

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

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.6

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice, in The Hague. 28 August 2013 The Hague, NetherlandsAs the rumble for military action against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians in a suburb of Damascus increased, on 28 August, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged that the UN investigation team on the ground be given time to establish the facts. The alleged use of chemical weapons on 21 August Continue reading

UN chemical weapons team reaches inspection site in Syria after its convoy was hit with sniper fire

A view of the convoy as Major General Robert Mood, Head of the newly-established UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), leads an UNSMIS delegation to the Khalidiyyeh neighbourhood of Homs to meet opposition members. 03 May 2012 Homs, SyriaThe team of United Nations inspectors probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria spent its first day in the suburbs of Damascus at the site of the alleged incident, interviewing witnesses, survivors and doctors, and collecting samples, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.4

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) at a working dinner with Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov (right). UN Photo/Evan SchneiderOn 8 August, the Secretary-General hosted a working dinner for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the conflict in Syria, including the escalating humanitarian crisis and the rise in sectarian violence. During the discussion, the Secretary-General further underscored the need to find a political solution to the crisis and to urgently renew momentum for the Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.3

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks to journalists in Geneva on her priorities for her second term in office, which began last month. 18 October 2012 Geneva, SwitzerlandOn 2 August, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed “deep shock” at allegations that armed opposition groups in Syria executed dozens of Government soldiers captured after a battle in Khan Al-Assal, a district of Aleppo in July. In a press statement, she said that the OHCHR team on the Continue reading