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September 16th, 2013
09:21 AM ET

United Nations Will Reveal Chemical Weapons Report

U.N. inspectors will release their official report Monday on the use of chemical weapons from an August attack in Damascus, Syria. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon may have thought he wasn't on camera Friday when he said this of today's vital report:

"I believe the report will be an overwhelming report that chemical weapons were used even though I cannot say publicly at this time."

The U.N. leader added Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had committed many crimes against humanity and would eventually face a "process of accountability."

One official tells Walsh it's likely the report was complete by that meeting and Ban Ki-moon may have already seen the findings before giving his statement.

The U.N. inspectors report on the August 21st gas attacks will be presented to the security council at 11 a.m.  in enough detail for others to work out who was behind the attacks, though it's not the inspectors job to do so.

The U.N. says Syria now has officially joined the chemical weapons convention, whose rules mean it must declare all those weapons by mid-November.

That's not fast enough for the United States or Russia who agreed in Geneva, Switzerland, that Syria must tell reveal their weapons in a week.

In Syria's first major comments on the deal, its information minister told ITV News it wants to wait for a U.N. resolution to set the timing of its disarmament.

Now another round of negotiations begins, perhaps fast, perhaps torturous, to find a wording for a resolution that can back up what was agreed in Geneva last week.

Some major questions remain to be negotiated.  A diplomat reveals one major point is: will a U.N. resolution blame Assad and demand a trial for those who ordered the attacks?

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