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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Note to Correspondents on Syria

New York, 31 July 2013

The Spokesperson has the following update on Syria:

The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs briefed the Secretary-General on the outcome of the discussions held last week with the Government of Syria on the modalities of cooperation required for the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic.

On the basis of the information evaluated by the Mission to date and further to the understanding reached with the Government of Syria, the Mission will travel to Syria as soon as possible to contemporaneously investigate three of the reported incidents, including Khan al-Asal.

The Secretary-General remains mindful of other reported incidents and the Mission will also continue to seek clarification from the Member States concerned.