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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Remarks to the press by Security Council's President on chemical attack in Syria

Remarks to the press (not a statement) by the 

President of the Security Council on chemical attack in Syria

21 August 2013

At the request of members of the Council, the Security Council held an urgent meeting in consultation format in order to hear a briefing from the Secretariat regarding allegations on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Council received a briefing by Deputy-Secretary-General Eliasson.
I can say that there is strong concern among Council members about the allegations and the general sense that there must be clarity on what happened and that the situation has to be followed carefully.
All Council members agree that any use of chemical weapons by any side under any circumstances is a violation of the international law.
There was also an agreement for a strong call for a cessation of hostilities and for a cease-fire.
The members of the Security Council also welcomed the determination of the Secretary-General to insure a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation.
The members of the Council underlined the need for immediate humanitarian assistance to the victims.

Finally the Security Council members expressed their condolences and sympathy for the victims and their family.
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