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SYRIA: UNSG Ban Ki-moon made a new plea to Syria on Monday to stop blocking an international inquiry into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country’s conflict. "Secretary-General's press encounter on Syria chemical weapons", United Nations, 29 April 2013; "Ban makes new plea to Syria to let in chemical arms inquiry", Al Arabiya, 29 April 2013.
SYRIA: SG Ban Ki-moon said Syria has still not allowed experts into the country despite calling on the international body to investigate alleged chemical weapons use by rebels. "SG on Syria chemical weapons investigation", UN, 17 April 213; "UN chief: Syria has not allowed investigation", Washington Post, 17 April 2013.
SYRIA: An advance team of UN mandated experts is in Cyprus awaiting permission from Syria to investigate allegations of chemical weapons attacks. Russia criticised Western moves to expand the planned investigation and compared it to the build-up to the US invasion of Iraq. "Ban says claims of chemical weapons use in Syria must be investigated", Reuters, 8 April 2013; "Russia slams expansion of Syria chemical arms probe", Reuters, 6 April 2013.
DISARMAMENT: Building on a process that began in the 1990s, the GA passed a resolution adopting the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), creating a uniform framework for the international trade in conventional arms. "General Assembly passes Arms Trade Treaty", UN News; "U.N. approves first global arms trade treaty", Reuters; "U.N. passes landmark Arms Trade Treaty; some major powers abstain", Guardian, 2 April 2013.
DISARMAMENT: Iran, North Korea and Syria barred passage of a new treaty to block illegal exports of conventional weapons -- small arms to warships and attack helicopters. Final Draft of the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, United Nations, 28 March 2013. UN Arms Trade Pact Stalls as Iran, N. Korea, Syria Object, Bloomberg, Iran, North Korea, Syria block U.N. arms trade treaty, Reuters, 28 March 2013.
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