UN disarmament official to lead Syria gas attacks inquiry

September 15, 2015 20:14

UNITED NATIONS - Senior UN disarmament official Virginia Gamba of Argentina will lead an international investigation aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapon attacks in Syria, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

The UN Security Council gave the green light for the joint inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last week. Both Syria's government and rebels have denied using chemical weapons.Gamba is currently the deputy UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and will bring more than 30 years' experience in disarmament to her new role leading the Syria investigation, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

He said that Gamba's deputies on the three-member panel will be Adrian Neritani of Albania and Eberhard Schanze of Germany.

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