UN wants 'impartial investigation' into Syria deaths

The UN Security Council is backing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for "a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation" of allegations of chemical weapons use outside the Syrian capital.

UN wants 'impartial investigation' into Syria deaths

The UN Security Council is backing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for "a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation" of allegations of chemical weapons use outside the Syrian capital.

UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said the secretary-general was "shocked" at the alleged use of chemical weapons on the eastern suburbs of Damascus and is determined to ensure a "thorough investigation" of all reported incidents.

After a two-hour, closed-door meeting, the council president said there was "strong concern" about the allegations "and a general sense that there must be clarity on what happened".

The attack coincided with the visit to Syria by a 20-member UN chemical weapons team, which only has a mandate to investigate three previous allegations of chemical weapons use.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who briefed the council, expressed hope that the team will be given access.

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