Published on Aug 28, 2013
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleaded Wednesday for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict, even as world powers appeared to be moving toward punitive military strikes against President Bashar Assad.
Ban said Wednesday a United Nation team investigating the alleged chemical attack must be given time to establish the facts.
Syria has denied it was behind the alleged attack and challenged Washington to present proof to back up its accusations
Ban urged a peaceful resolution to Syria’s civil war. “Here in the Peace Palace, let us say: Give peace a chance. Give diplomacy a chance. Stop fighting and start talking,” Ban said.
Ban was speaking in the Great Hall of Justice at the Peace Palace in The Hague, which is marking its 100th anniversary.
The timing of the celebrations in The Hague was uncomfortable. The Peace Palace opened its doors in 1913 as a venue for peaceful resolution of conflicts and currently houses the United Nations’ International Court of Justice, but Washington is building support for a military attack on Syria — possibly without U.N. backing.