NEW YORK, 25th August, 2016 (WAM) — United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, yesterday submitted a joint UN-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, report to the Security Council, outlining in-depth investigation into, as well as the findings, assessments and conclusions of, nine selected cases related to incidents involving the use of chemicals weapons in Syria.

According to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the UN chief also expressed appreciation to the Joint Investigative Mechanism’s Leadership Panel and its staff, as well as to the OPCW and the Office for Disarmament Affairs for their continued support to the mechanism.

He thanked the Member States of the UN for their assistance to the mechanism, including financial support.

The joint body, established by the Security Council in August 2015 for a period of one year with a possibility of future extension, is tasked with identifying “individuals, entities, groups, or governments involved in the use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemicals” in Syria, according to the council, which reiterated that those responsible must be held accountable.

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