19 June 2013, 04:42

Ban Ki-moon for speedily convening conference on Syria

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Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed willingness to promptly convene an international conference on Syria. He welcomed the agreements reached at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

"The UN Secretary-General welcomes the commitment to bring the Syrian sides to the negotiating table. He is ready to convene a conference on Syria in Geneva as soon as possible to help the Syrian parties reach a comprehensive agreement on the basis of the Geneva communique of 30 June 2012", it is said in a statement released by the Secretary General’s spokesman Martin Nesirky.

According to him, Ban Ki-moon also applauded the G8’s allocation of an extra 1.5 billion for humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria. Nesirky stressed that these funds "are critical to saving the lives of Syrians."

Ban also noted the call contained in the G8 communiqué for parties to the conflict to allow UN inspectors to the country to investigate alleged use of chemical weapons. "Reports on this matter are serious and require an impartial investigation," said Martin Nesirky.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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