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U.S. should back Russian proposal on Syria: U.N. chief

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, meeting with the leader of the smaller of Japan's two ruling parties, expressed hope Monday that the issue of the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons will be solved without U.S. military intervention.

Ban told Natsuo Yamaguchi of the New Komeito party that he wants the United States and Syria to support the latest Russian proposal that Syria put its chemical weapons under international supervision, seeking a diplomatic solution through dialogue instead of military action.

Ban and Yamaguchi agreed that Japan and the United Nations should cooperate to scale up humanitarian assistance to Syria.

The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable in any circumstances, and Japan wants to provide all kinds of assistance to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria, Yamaguchi said.

Ban urged Japan to play a major role in solving the Syrian crisis.

On Ban's remarks in August that Japanese leaders should have a correct view on past history, Yamaguchi asked him to use the right choice of words because of his influential position. Ban did not make a comment in reply.

Ban was referring to Japan's past militarism and strained ties with China and South Korea over territories.

Ban has already said Japan misunderstood his remarks.

Earlier Monday, Yamaguchi held talks with Henry Kissinger, a former U.S. secretary of state who was involved in the handover of Okinawa Island from the United States to Japan as well as the normalization of the relationship between Beijing and Washington.

New Komeito is the junior partner in the coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.

==Kyodo

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