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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Readout of the Secretary-General's telephone call with Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

New York, 6 December 2012

The Secretary-General called the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with regard to concerns about Syria’s chemical weapons and recent reports of plans for their possible use. The Secretary-General informed the Director-General that he has written again to President Al-Assad urging him to refrain from the use of any such weapons under any circumstances and underscoring the fundamental responsibility of the Syrian government to ensure the safety and security of any such stockpiles.
The Secretary-General reiterated to the Director-General that any use of such weapons would be an outrageous crime with dire consequences.

The Secretary-General thanked the Director-General for informing him that the OPCW continues to closely monitor reports on developments and that the OPCW has made numerous approaches over the years to Syria to join the Chemical Weapons Convention.


Readouts on 6 December 2012