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UN chief urges Syria to transfer chemical weapons

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September 9, 2013 12:11 PM EST | AP

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UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Syria to immediately agree to transfer chemical weapons and chemical precursors to a safe place within the country for international destruction.

Ban said Monday he will also propose to the Security Council that it unite and demand an immediate chemical weapons transfer should U.N. inspectors conclude that such weapons were used in an attack Aug. 21 in a suburb of Damascus.

He said he is also considering asking the council to demand accountability for an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Ban spoke shortly after Moscow's surprise announcement that it was pressing its ally Syria on a similar proposal – to move its chemical weapons to areas under international control to avoid a U.S. military strike.