Chemical weapons in Syria a 'crime against humanity': UN chief
SEOUL (AFP) - The use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute a "crime against humanity," UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said on Friday, warning of "serious consequences" if their use was proven.
"Any use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anybody, under any circumstances, would violate international law," Mr Ban said in impromptu remarks at a scheduled event in the South Korean capital Seoul.
"Such a crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator," he added.
A UN inspection team is already on the ground in Syria and Mr Ban urged the Syrian authorities to cooperate with an immediate investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus which the opposition says killed hundreds.