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UN holds emergency meeting on Syria attack

New York, N.Y.  (AP) - The U.N. Security Council is backing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for "a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation" of allegations of chemical weapons use outside the Syrian capital.

U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said earlier that the secretary-general was shocked at Wednesday's alleged use of chemical weapons on the suburbs of Damascus and is determined to ensure a thorough investigation of all reported incidents.

After a two-hour, closed-door meeting, the council president said there was strong concern about the allegations and a general sense that there must be clarity on what happened.

The attack coincided with the visit to Syria by a 20-member U.N. chemical weapons team, whose only mandate is to investigate three previous allegations of chemical weapons use.

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who briefed the council, expressed hope that the team will be given access.

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Washington Times