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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Note to Correspondents on Syria

St. Petersburg, Russia, 5 September 2013

The Spokesperson has the following update:

The Secretary-General has just announced that the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is on his way to Russia to help him push, on margins of the G20 summit in Saint Petersburg, for the International Conference on Syria.

"While the world is focused on concerns about the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria we must push even harder for the International Conference on Syria to take place in Geneva. A political solution is the only way to end the bloodshed in Syria,” the Secretary-General said.

Notes to correspondents on 5 September 2013