Fact finding mission in Syria to start immediately-Ban Ki-moon
Monday, August 26, 2013 - 01:25
++CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES++ Aug. 26 - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said officials will begin their fact finding mission in Syria on whether the government used chemical weapons in a few hours. Julie Noce reports.
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Answering international calls for action, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the fact finding mission into whether the Syrian government used chemical weapons on it's civilians will start immediately.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON SAYING:
"The mission is expected to begin conducting on-site fact finding activities today, 26th of August, in just matter of hours. (cut away) We have all seen the horrifying images on our television screens and through social media. Clearly this was a major and terrible incident. (cut away) The whole world should be concerned about any threat or use of chemical weapons. And that is why the world is watching Syria."
Deeply distrubing images surfaced last week of scores of civilians killed near Damascus in what appeared to be a chemical weapons attack.
Although the Syrian government has denied responsibility for the deaths, the video prompted international outrage.
U.S. officials say they are weighing all options, but haven't made any decisions yet.
Syria and it's allies cautioned, however that any military action taken would inflame the region into quote a 'ball of fire'.
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