UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon said on Friday he has received a formal letter from the UN Security Council which approved his proposal to eliminate Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons and the means to produce and deliver them.
"I am very pleased that the Security Council has moved so quickly on my recommendation," Ban said in a televised statement on Friday before departing from Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei, where he attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting.
A transcript of the video statement was made available to reporters at UN headquarters here.
"This is a sign of the international community's commitment to eliminate chemical weapons," the UN chief said. "We have a very tight deadline but the United Nations is committed to work closely with the OPCW to get the job done. And I am just as committed and determined to make progress in the political and humanitarian tracks for the sake of the Syrian people."
Members of the council on Thursday told reporters they had endorsed Ban's plan for a first-ever joint Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations team to be based on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and eventually grow to about 100 members with the intention of completing work in Syria in mid-2014.
The council, in Resolution 2118 it unanimously approved on Sept. 27, requested the secretary-general to draw up a plan to rid Syria of chemical weapons. He responded to that request in his Monday letter to the council.