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(LEAD) Park discusses Syria crisis with U.N. chief

2013/09/06 02:34

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with U.N.'s press release, details)

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Russia, and discussed the crisis in Syria and other global and regional issues, her office, Cheong Wa Dae, said.

During the meeting in Russia's second-largest city, Ban briefed Park on the turmoil in Syria and the international responses.

She praised Ban for leading a swift and thorough probe into Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians, expressing hope that the investigation will swiftly produce results.

The Barack Obama administration is apparently preparing to launch strikes on Syria amid reports that the Assad regime has carried out a sarin gas attack against civilians, killing more than 1,400 people.

In a separate news release, the U.N. also said Syria and North Korea were high on agenda in the Park-Ban meeting.

"The Secretary-General briefed the President on developments related to Syria, including the humanitarian crisis and the UN investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons," the U.N. said.

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, also thanked Park for Seoul's "generous contribution of $6 million to the World Health Organization's work with children in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," it added, using North Korea's formal name.

Ban said his organization would work with the South Korean government later this month on a proposed world peace park in the Demilitarized Zone, his spokesperson said.

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