Moscow: Russia to demand part in Syria chemical arms probe
By RUSSIA, CHINA MUST BE PART OF SYRIA CHEMICAL AR
March 25, 2013 12:44
MOSCOW - Moscow will insist that Russian and Chinese representatives join a United Nations investigation into allegations that chemical weapons were used in Syria last week, a senior Russian diplomat said on Monday.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the inquiry on Thursday and made clear it would focus on a rocket attack that killed 26 people near Aleppo. Syria's government and opponents accused each other of firing a missile laden with chemicals.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said the investigation could only be objective if it is conducted by a "balanced group of international experts".
The group "must without fail include representatives of the five permanent UN Security Council members, including Russian and Chinese chemical specialists", he said on Twitter.
Ban's announcement followed a dispute between Russia and Western council members over the scope of the investigation.