UN chief orders investigation into hazardous material
www.chinaview.cn 2007-09-01 01:28:32   Print

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched an immediate internal investigation into hazardous material from Iraq found in a UN building, UN Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe announced Friday.

    In a statement released by the spokesperson, Ban, who is attending a senior leadership meeting in Italy, said he takes very seriously the late discovery of potentially hazardous material at the UNMOVIC office in New York.

    "He has given immediate instructions to launch an internal investigation drawing on external expertise in close cooperation with the U.S. and New York City authorities," Okabe told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York.

    In addition, the Secretary-General also asked the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security Services and the Under-Secretary-General for Management to immediately return to headquarters.

    They are to provide substantive support to the Deputy Secretary-General and the Chef de Cabinet who have both canceled their participation to the meeting in Italy, in order to closely monitor the situation on his behalf, the spokesperson said.

Editor: Yan Liang
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