United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Sigrid Kaag of the UN Development Programme to head up the international team working to dismantle Syria’s weapons stockpile. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels are being pressured to allow inspectors to access chemical-weapons sites under their control.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is asking the Security Council to build on "diplomatic momentum" and pass a resolution to put Syria's chemical weapons under international authority. Those responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical-weapons incident, Ban added, must face justice "either through referral to the International Criminal Court or by other means consistent with international law."
Lakhdar Brahimi, United Nations special envoy for Syria, will meet with Group of 20 attendees to solidify plans for an international peace conference on Syria. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, "While the world is focused on concerns about the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, we must push even harder for the International Conference on Syria to take place in Geneva."
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that "diplomacy should be given a chance" to resolve the Syrian crisis. The UN chemical-weapons team is expected to wrap up its investigation by Saturday despite a request by Syria's UN envoy to visit additional sites.