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UN Chemical Weapons Inspector: Syria Report Done

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The head of the U.N. chemical weapons inspection team says he has completed his report on Syria and will deliver it to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York this weekend.
 
Speaking by telephone from the Netherlands, Ake Sellstrom told The Associated Press on Friday that he didn't know exactly when the report would be released publicly.
 
Sellstrom confirmed that "it's done, but when to present it is up to the secretary-general."
 
He declined to comment on the report's conclusions.
 
Sellstrom's inspection team was charged with determining whether deadly agents were used in Syria, not who was responsible.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he believes there will be "an overwhelming report" from U.N. inspectors that chemical weapons were used in an attack in Syria on Aug. 21.
 
The U.N. chief also said that President Bashar Assad's regime "has committed many crimes against humanity."
 
Ban made the comments Friday shortly before the chief chemical weapons inspector, Ake Sellstrom, said the report was finished.
 
The secretary-general thought his speech and response to questions from a women's group were not being broadcast, but they were shown on U.N. television. 

And - President Barack Obama says he's hopeful negotiations Secretary of State John Kerry is having over the future of Syria's chemical weapons "bear fruit."
 
The president said during an Oval Office meeting with Kuwait's ruler Friday that they agree Syrian President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons in a criminal act. 
 
Obama told reporters it's important for the international community to respond and get those weapons out of Syria. 
 
He said he told Kuwaiti Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah he is hopeful for progress during talks this week between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He said any agreement to remove Syria's chemical weapons stockpile "needs to be verifiable and enforceable." (AP)

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