SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that it's a matter of time when the global body will participate in the Syrian incident. "It's a matter of time when we will participate (in the Syrian incident)," Ban said in a forum held in central Seoul. The UN chief arrived in Seoul on Thursday for a six-day trip to his home country.
His comments came amid escalating concerns over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria after Syrian opposition activists accused government forces of using "poisonous gases" in the countryside of Damascus.
Ban said situations in Syria were getting increasingly worse, noting that all technical preparations and review were completed for the UN to intervene in the incident as rapidly as possible.
The UN chief reiterated an immediate probe into the incident, stressing that it would be a breach of international law to use chemical weapons in any case. He cautioned that such anti- humanitarian crimes would cause serious consequences.
Ban said Thursday that a formal request to investigate the incident would be sent by the UN to the Syrian government, urging the UN team of chemical weapons inspectors to be granted" permission and access to swiftly investigate the incident".
During his stay in Seoul, Ban will pay a visit to South Korean President Park Geun-hye to discuss issues such as relations between UN and South Korea and the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.
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