UN: Report will show chemical weapons use in Syria

The United Nations And OMEGA Present Planet Ocean In The Presence Of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon attends the United Nations and OMEGA presention of Planet Ocean at United Nations on September 11, 2013 in New York City. Ban said Friday on U.N. television that he expected "an overwhelming report" from U.N. inspectors that chemical weapons were used in an attack in Syria on Aug. 21.


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United Nations (UN) High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane (3rd R), and Ake Sellstrom (3rd L), the head of the UN chemical weapons investigation, wait for their vehicles with other members of their team before leaving a hotel in Damascus on August 28, 2013 to a site in the Syrian capital of alleged chemical weapons attacks, a day after suspending their mission over safety concerns. Sellstrom said Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, that he would deliver his report to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in New York over the weekend.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he believes there will be "an overwhelming report" from U.N. inspectors that chemical weapons were used in an attack in Syria on Aug. 21.

The U.N. chief also said that President Bashar Assad's regime "has committed many crimes against humanity."

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Ban made the comments Friday shortly before the chief chemical weapons inspector, Ake Sellstrom, said the report was finished.

The secretary-general thought his speech and response to questions from a women's group were not being broadcast, but they were shown on U.N. television.

Speaking by telephone from the Netherlands, Sellstrom told The Associated Press on Friday that he didn't know exactly when the report would be released publicly but that he would deliver it to Ban in New York this weekend.

Sellstrom confirmed that "it's done, but when to present it is up to the secretary-general."

He declined to comment on the report's conclusions.

Sellstrom's inspection team was charged with determining whether deadly agents were used in Syria, not who was responsible.

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