Ban receives report from team probing possible chemical weapons use in Syria

15 September 2013

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today received the report of the UN team probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria and plans to brief the members of the Security Council on the findings in a closed-door session tomorrow.

A note to correspondents issued by a UN spokesperson confirms that the report of 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 […] to the Secretary-General by Professor Åke Sellström, the head of the Mission, and the Secretary-General will provide it to the Member States tomorrow morning,” says the note.

It goes on to say that Mr. Ban will brief the Security Council on the report during its closed consultations tomorrow morning. Following that briefing, at approximately 12:50 pm, the Secretary-General will speak to reporters at the Security Council stakeout, according to the note.

The Secretary-General will also brief the UN General Assembly on the report.

The text of the report will be made available tomorrow morning on the website of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, which is:


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