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U.S. Arms for Syrian Rebels Unhelpful, U.N. Says

June 14, 2013

Military aid to either of the warring sides in Syria would hamper the search for a political solution to the conflict, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday after the United States said it would arm the rebels.

"The UN and myself have made it consistently clear that providing arms to either side will not address the situation in Syria," Ban told reporters.

He called any such military aid "not helpful."

Ban said the United States has informed him that it had evidence that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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