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Ban meets UN Council powers on Syria

Last Updated: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 00:07

United Nations: UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Friday met with UN ambassadors from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States after cutting short a visit to Europe over the Syria chemical weapons crisis.

Ban has been pressing US President Barack Obama and other world leaders not to allow a military strike on Syria until UN experts have finished their work in the country.

"He intends to engage with member states on developments in Syria, starting today at noon with a meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky.

Britain`s UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the envoys would look for an "update" on the inquiry by the UN inspectors and a "general discussion" about events in Syria.

UN chemical weapons inspectors are due to leave Syria tomorrow and give Ban a first briefing on their investigation into a suspected attack with the banned arms near Damascus on August 21.

The United States and its allies are considering a military strike on Syria over the attack. Russia and China are fiercely opposed to such a move.


First Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 00:07

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