UN cautious over French claims Syria used nerve gas

By REUTERS
June 6, 2013 00:28

 
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UNITED NATIONS - UN investigators reacted cautiously on Wednesday to France's announcement that laboratory tests proved that President Bashar al-Assad's forces had used nerve gas in Syria's civil war, saying it was vital to know the chain of custody of the samples.

French officials said on Tuesday that their tests were the first to comply with international standards and prove that chemical weapons were used in Syria. Paris handed the results to the UN chemical weapons investigation team, headed by Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom.

"Yesterday in Paris, Mr. Sellstrom received additional information related to the reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria submitted by the government of France," the United Nations said in a statement.

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