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In UNSC, Press Statement on Syria Chemical Weapons Proposed

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, August 21 -- Outside the Syria chemical weapons session of the UN Security Council Wednesday afternoon, Inner City Press learned that inside rather than simple elements to the press, a formal Security Council press statement has been proposed.

If agreed by the 15 members, it would call for access by the UN team on the ground, and for humanitarian assistance to the victims. Inner City Press was exclusively shown the draft.

  More specifically, the draft press statement welcomes that the UN team is in country.... underscores concern of reports of use of chemical weapons, underscores importance of investigation and says that any use would violate international law.

But it does not address the point that the UN team, led by Ake Sellstrom, is there only to find out if chemical weapons were used, not WHO used them. We will have more on this.

  While the UN said that Sellstrom and his team would not talk to the media, Sellstrom did, to Swedish news agency TT (to a journalist from another country he replied that was no possibility of talking.)

  UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, we note, is also Swedish.

  In the closed door Security Council went the colleague of UN Disarmament chief Angela Kane who answered Inner City Press, about the flaws of the evidence of Russian state TV journalist Anastasia Popova, on this video.


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