Syrian conflict discussed between U.N. chief and Security Council members
The meeting, including foreign ministers from China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, was held on the margins of the General Assembly's debate. The foreign ministers and Ban went over the importance of efforts to fix the humanitarian crisis that is facing both Syria and its neighboring countries.
During the meeting, they also discussed the timing and other parts regarding a peace conference that will be held in Geneva in order to resolve the conflict. They also talked about the arrangements for the mechanism that will soon be established between the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. When this mechanism in place, there will be an inspection and safeguard of Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons.
The inspection of the possible use of chemical weapons was of special interest on Wednesday because of a U.N. chemical weapons investigation team that returned to Syria. The team expects to inspect the areas where chemical weapons were supposedly used.
The Syrian civil war has claimed more than 100,000 lives since its inception two years ago. Two million people have fled the country and approximately four million have lost their homes inside Syria.