If only an agreement had been reached, the UN might have prevented the Syrian chemical weapons attack on Khan al-Assal:
“In hindsight, I think I regret that,” said Ms. Kane, the high representative for disarmament affairs, who helped broker an agreement to allow investigators into Syria, just before the August attack. “It would have been good if we had investigated. Maybe by having conclusive proof the first time when it was really used on a larger scale, it might have prevented the others.”
Even so, she said, the chemical weapons crisis — and the international inquiry into it — has accelerated diplomatic efforts, including the possible convening of a peace conference next month in Geneva.