New York

21 October 2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Syria Board of Inquiry

As earlier announced, the Secretary-General has established an internal and independent United Nations Headquarters Board of Inquiry into the incident that involved a United Nations – Syrian Arab Red Crescent relief operation to Urum al-Kubra (Big Orem), Syria, on 19 September 2016. 

The Board will be led by Lieutenant General Mr. Abhijit Guha and begin its work the week of 24 October 2016. It is to ascertain the facts of the incident and report to the Secretary-General upon the completion of its work. 

The Secretary-General will review the report and decide what further steps to take. He urges all parties concerned to extend their full cooperation to the Board.