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Allegations on the use of chemical weapons on Syria

UN Secretary-General's spokesman on allegations on the use of chemical weapons on Syria

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on allegations of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic

The Secretary-General met on 20 March with the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and reiterated his support for its work in investigating allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and his confidence in the integrity and expertise of the OPCW, its Fact-Finding Mission and its conclusions.

The Secretary-General is alarmed at the persistent allegations of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. The use of chemical weapons, under any circumstances, is unjustifiable and abhorrent. Equally unjustifiable is a lack of response to such use, if and when it occurs. Impunity cannot prevail with respect to such serious crimes.

The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the Security Council to demonstrate unity and resolve on this matter.

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