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Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.10

On 21 September, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed that it had received an initial inventory from the Syrian Government of its chemical weapons programme, noting that the Organization’s technical secretariat had undertaken a review of the information received. OPCW also said that its State parties continue to consult on the text of the draft decision on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons. 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

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.2

Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, speaks to journalists, following his meeting with United States Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and Mikhail L. Bogdanov, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 11 January 2013 Geneva, SwitzerlandDuring a press briefing on 25 July, prior to a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Secretary-General reiterated his call for an end to military activities by both parties in Syria and for the holding of a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible. He said that together with Joint Special Representative Continue reading

Secretary-General appeals for a peaceful month of Ramadan in Syria as chemical weapons probe talks continue

Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN, speaking to journalists. 08 July 2013 United Nations, New York Photo # 555675Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains seriously concerned about alleged chemical weapons use in Syria and welcomed today the Government’s offer to continue discussions regarding the United Nations team he set up to carry out an on-the-ground investigation into the matter. “The Secretary-General welcomes the offer of Continue reading