UN: interpreter mistakenly said Syria has a nuclear facility

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October 18, 2007 01:24




The United Nations on Wednesday blamed an interpreter's error for an erroneous report that Syria claimed an Israeli airstrike hit a Syrian nuclear facility, a mistake that made headlines in the Middle East and heightened concerns over Damascus' nuclear ambitions. Syria denied on Wednesday that one of its representatives told the UN General Assembly's committee that deals with disarmament on Tuesday that Israel had attacked a Syrian nuclear facility and added that "such facilities do not exist in Syria." The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA, quoting an unnamed Foreign Ministry source, said its representative was misquoted - and after more than seven hours of investigation the United Nations said that was indeed the case.


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