Ban to present key Syria chemical report
UN leaders have "agonized" over a report that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will present Monday on chemical weapons in Syria that could renew pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, officials said. Ban has already revealed that he expects the report by a UN investigation team to the UN Security Council to give "overwhelming" confirmation that arms were used in an attack near Damascus on August 21 in which hundreds died. But the UN team is not allowed to say who carried out the attack, which the West blames on Assad.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday slammed what he called attempts to "retouch" the UN report. Syria's UN envoy, Bashar Jaafari, has also said his government will not accept a "politicised" report.
The UN team, led by Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom, went to Damascus on August 18 to investigate claims that chemical weapons were used near Aleppo on March 19 and at two other sites, which have been kept secret. They were in Damascus when the attack on opposition-held Ghouta in the suburbs was staged on August 21.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age OnlineSimilar Stories