Ban receives report from U.N. Syria probe
A U.N. spokesperson issued a note to correspondents confirming that the report from the U.N. Mission to Investigation Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic was turned over to the secretary-general.
"It was transmitted today... to the secretary-general by Professor Åke Sellström, the head of the Mission, and the secretary-general will provide it to the Member States tomorrow morning," the note said.
The note went on to say that Ban would brief the U.N. Security Council during a closed consultations meeting on Monday morning. After the briefing, Ban planned to speak to reporters at the U.N. Security Council stakeout. He also planned to brief the U.N. General Assembly on the report.
The U.N. team was probing possible chemical weapons use in Syria on August 21 in Damascus. Ban said the team worked around the clock to submit the report to him in due course.
On Saturday, Ban announced that Syrian's government issued a formal accession to the international treaty on banning chemical weapons. Ban's spokesperson said the convention would enter into force in Syria at the end of October.