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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

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