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UN: United Nations failed in Syria, says Ban Ki-moon

United Nations, New York City
September 11, 2013 at 20:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: United Nations failed in Syria, says Ban Ki-moon

Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday in New York that the international cooperation body had "collectively failed" in Syria, despite also expressing hope that the current moves towards transferring stewardship of the country's chemical weapons stockpiles could lead to a diplomatic solution.

"Our collective failure to prevent atrocity crimes in Syria over the past two and a half years will remain a heavy burden on the United Nations and its member states," said the Secretary General. "I hope that the current discussions related to safeguarding Syria's chemical weapons stocks will lead to the security council playing an effective role in promoting an end to the Syrian tragedy."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking on Wednesday, said that his government would pressure the Syrian government to place their chemical stocks under international supervision. US Secretary of State John Kerry responded positively to the proposal, saying that such steps would reduce the likelihood of strikes against the country.

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USA: United Nations failed in Syria, says Ban Ki-moon

Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday in New York that the international cooperation body had "collectively failed" in Syria, despite also expressing hope that the current moves towards transferring stewardship of the country's chemical weapons stockpiles could lead to a diplomatic solution.

"Our collective failure to prevent atrocity crimes in Syria over the past two and a half years will remain a heavy burden on the United Nations and its member states," said the Secretary General. "I hope that the current discussions related to safeguarding Syria's chemical weapons stocks will lead to the security council playing an effective role in promoting an end to the Syrian tragedy."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking on Wednesday, said that his government would pressure the Syrian government to place their chemical stocks under international supervision. US Secretary of State John Kerry responded positively to the proposal, saying that such steps would reduce the likelihood of strikes against the country.

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