Ban supports decision to continue talks with Syria on chemical weapons probe

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains concerned about allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria and supports the government's offer to continue discussions about an on-the-ground investigation, the U.N. said on Monday.

Syria's government offered to continue discussions about the U.N. team Ban set up to conduct the investigation into chemical weapon allegations.

"The secretary-general welcomes the offer of the government of Syria to continue discussions on the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic," the U.N. said.

The U.N. said Åke Sellström, the leader of the mission, will go to New York this week to update Ban on the status of his activities.

"Pending its on-site access in Syria, the mission has continued to monitor developments as well as to collect and analyze information made available by member states," the U.N. said.

The statement said the mission engaged in fact-finding activities in a neighboring country to Syria.

According to the statement, Ban remains hopeful that Syria will allow the mission to conduct its on-site investigation.

"(Cooperation from Damascus) will be essential for the mission to establish facts in a credible manner regarding any use of chemical weapons in Syria," Ban said.