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Syria resolution must be enforceable: UN chief

Syria resolution must  be enforceable: UN chief
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Terming the use of chemical weapons in Syria as 'tip of the iceberg', UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for unity among Security Council...

  • Will send UN evidence of rebel chem attack: Russia
  • UN experts to return to Damascus soon: Inspector

United Nations (PTI): Terming the use of chemical weapons in Syria as "tip of the iceberg", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for unity among Security Council members for an "enforceable" resolution to end the crisis in the troubled country. Ban said he will use his meetings with world leaders during the General Assembly next week to a make a "strong appeal" for "action now."

"This is a crucial period for global cooperation. Syria is the biggest peace, security and humanitarian challenge we face. Let us be clear: the use of chemical weapons in Syria is only the tip of the iceberg," Ban said. Moscow will send the United Nations information it received from Syria implicating rebels in last month's chemical attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Lavrov's deputy said earlier he had met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and received "evidence" from Damascus implicating the rebels in the August 21 gas attack, which the United States says killed 1,400 people and was perpetrated by the government. Moscow will review the new materials and "of course, present them in the UN Security Council," Russian news agencies quoted Lavrov as saying.

"There is a lot of (data) regarding the incidents that occurred in August in Ghouta near Damascus. We will be reviewing all of it in the Security Council." UN chemical weapons inspectors will return to Syria soon to investigate various accusations against the regime and opposition, their chief said.

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