The United Nations yesterday decided to extend to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a diplomatic protocol typically offered only to heads of state: the right to sit in the General Assembly’s beige chair.
The United Nations needs time to examine the “entire body of evidence” its inspectors collected before reaching conclusions on Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, according to Martin Nesirky, spokesman for the UN's secretary-general.
Syrian troops renewed their artillery assault on a Damascus suburb where the opposition says hundreds were killed by toxic gases, as France urged the world to respond “with force” to any use of chemical weapons.
The United Nations needs to investigate “as soon as possible” opposition allegations that a chemical weapons attack in Syria killed more than 1,300 people, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government has agreed for the first time to let United Nations inspectors into his country to investigate three reported incidents of chemical weapons use, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.