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UN statement on sniper attack on inspectors

Last modified: 26 Aug 2013 18:39

Here are the remarks of the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, on the attack today on UN inspectors in Damascus:

I just spoke to my Undersecretary-General for disarmament, Angela Kane, who is now in Damascus to oversee the investigation. The first day of investigation was carried out by Dr Ake Sellstrom and his team. What I am told at this time is that their vehicle was attacked by an unknown sniper, but despite such very difficult circumstances, our team returned to Damascus and replaced their car and proceeded to a suburb of Damascus to carry on their investigation.

They visited two hospitals, they interviewed witnesses, survivors and doctors, they also collected some samples. They are now returning to Damascus. I will have to wait a little bit more to get the first view of Dr Sellstrom, but in the meantime I have instructed Angela Kane to register a strong complaint to the Syrian government and authorities of opposition forces so that this will never happen and the safety and security of the investigation teams will be secured from tomorrow.