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Ban Ki Moon Laments ‘Embarrassing Paralysis’ of U.N. Security Council

Secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon regretted that one of the international organization’s crucial bodies had done little to address the ongoing civil war in Syria. He remained hopeful that the Security Council, where China and Russia have blocked action, may eventually choose to act if the U.N.’s report confirms the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

“Two and a half years of conflict in Syria have produced only embarrassing paralysis in the Security Council,” Ban said at a press conference on Monday. “Should Dr. Sellström​’s report confirm the use of chemical weapons then this would surely be something around which the Security Council could unite in response.”

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