United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Remarks on Syria:
Today, we have a lot to cover, therefore I'll be very brief what we are going to discuss. First of all, of course, we will be discussing this appalling situation in Syria. The conflict is now continuing almost two and a half full years. More than 100,000 people have been killed. Millions of people have either been displaced or become refugees in neighboring countries. We have to bring this to an end. The military and the violent actions must be stopped by both the parties.
And it is thus imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible, as was initiated by Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. Our Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi and I will spare no efforts to convene this meeting as soon as possible.
At the same time, as you may know, the head of chemical weapons investigation team, Dr. Sellstrom, and my High Representative for Disarmament Angela Kane have just visited Syria, are meeting senior officials of the Syrian Government to discuss about the modalities of investigation. We will get a report since they are coming out of Syria now. We'll get the report soon.
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