UN to take immediate action against interpreter for false Syrian report

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October 18, 2007 23:19

 
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The United Nations said Thursday action would be taken against the interpreter responsible for an erroneous report that Syria has a nuclear facility. 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. "There was an interpretation error," UN associate spokesman Farhan Haq said. "There was no use of the word nuclear." The UN expressed regret for the incident.

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