UN chemical arms chief heads to Damascus next week

July 17, 2013 20:02

UNITED NATIONS - The head of a UN chemical weapons investigation team, Ake Sellstrom of Sweden, heads to Damascus next week to discuss his probe into allegations that chemical arms have been used in Syria's two-year civil war, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday.

UN disarmament chief Angela Kane will accompany Sellstrom on the visit, which is taking place at the invitation of the Syrian government, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

Sellstrom and Kane will be meeting with the Syrian foreign minister and technical experts, UN officials say.

So far Sellstrom's team has not been allowed into Syria due to diplomatic wrangling over the scope of access it will have. But Sellstrom has visited Turkey and received information from UN member states about alleged chemical attacks in Syria.

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