UN: Action to be taken against interpreter for Syrian nuke snafu

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October 20, 2007 05:43

 
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The United Nations said an interpreter responsible for an erroneous report that Syria has a nuclear facility has been reprimanded and the world body has apologized to Syria's UN Mission. Earlier this week, Syria denied 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. It said the representative was misquoted, demanded a correction, and insisted that "such facilities do not exist in Syria." After more than seven hours of investigation Wednesday, UN officials agreed the Syrian delegate was misquoted. UN associate spokesman Farhan Haq said "There was no use of the word nuclear." The unidentified Syrian representative spoke in Arabic and the interpreter who worked from Arabic into French was fairly accurate, but the problem occurred when an interpreter translated the statement into English from French, Haq said.

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