Speaking in The Hague on Monday, Ban urged eight remaining holdout countries to sign the arms control agreement and to destroy all their chemical weapons. The countries are Israel, Angola, Egypt, Myanmar, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria.
Israel, the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, has always refused to sign the aggreement and pursued the policy of nuclear ambiguity on its program.
Ban also said that a UN inspection team was in Cyprus and ready to be deployed to Syria to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons there.
"The UN is now in the position to deploy in Syria -- in less than 24 hours all logistical arrangements will in place," Ban stated after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad requested the UN to probe allegations that foreign-sponsored militants had used chemical weapons in the country.
"All we are waiting for is the go-ahead of the Syrian government to determine if any chemical weapons have been deployed," he added. "We are still in the process of discussing it with the Syrian government."
The fact-finding team led by Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom was set up at the request of the Syrian government. Damascus had accused foreign-backed militants of using chemical weapons against civilians in Khan al-Assal on March 19. Some 25 people were killed and over 100 others injured in the chemical attack.
However, a Syrian Foreign Ministry official said that the government rejected the UN inspection mission.
Ban "suggested a supplementary mission allowing the mission to deploy throughout Syrian territory, which is contrary to the demand Syria made to the United Nations," the official said.
"Syria cannot accept such maneuvers on the part of the UN secretariat general, bearing in mind the negative role that it played in Iraq… which cleared the way to the American invasion," he also said.
The official added that Syria had particularly requested "a neutral and honest technical team to visit the village of Khan al-Assal" in the northern province of Aleppo.
Sumber :Press TV