Ban and uzumcu discuss Syria during meeting

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ahmet uzumcu met on Wednesday in The Hague, Netherlands, to discuss Syria.

Ban and uzumcu called upon all parties in Syria to give full cooperation to the U.N. investigation on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. The two leaders stressed that incidents such as the attack on Monday on the U.N. convoy must not occur again. Ban and uzumcu said the U.N. investigation team is an impartial and objective means to determine the facts on the allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria.

They said the work of the U.N. team must be treated as inviolable and cooperation should be given to the mission, including the avoidance of hostilities by all Syrian parties.

Ban and uzumcu praised the dedication and courage of the members of the World Health Organization, the U.N. and the OPCW serving on the team. They also welcomed the support extended by the international community.

The OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The convention aims to destroy all existing chemical weapons through international verification and help protect its 189 Member States from chemical weapons threats.