United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria and asked that more time be given to the U.N. inspectors examining the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.
"Give peace a chance, give diplomacy a chance," the U.N. secretary-general said in The Hague, where he attended a ceremony marking the centennial of the Peace Palace.
The military option is not the way to go in Syria, Ban said.
Syria, meanwhile, said it presented evidence to the U.N. Security Council that links rebel forces to the chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus last week.
"We have given the United Nations all of the evidence and documents that show it was the opposition, not the state, that used chemical weapons," Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad said after speaking with U.N. officials.
A U.N. team is in Syria to determine whether chemical weapons were used in the rebel-controlled Ghouta area outside Damascus, where the opposition alleges the Assad regime staged a chemical attack that killed more than 1,000 people last Wednesday.
More than 92,000 people died in Syria's internal conflict between March 2011 and April 2013, according to a report released in June by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. EFE