UN finalizing Syria visit by chemical weapons experts

By REUTERS
August 6, 2013 20:39

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations said on Tuesday it is finalizing the legal and logistical details of a mission by UN inspectors to Syria to investigate claims of chemical weapons attacks.

"It is anticipated that these preparations will be completed within the next days, following which the date of the mission in Syria will be announced," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's press office said in a statement.

The United Nations said last week the Syrian government had agreed to let a team of experts travel to three sites where chemical weapons are reported to have been used. One, Khan al-Assal in Aleppo, is where the Syrian government says rebels used chemical weapons in March.

Rebels seized Khan al-Assal from Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces last month. The Syrian National Coalition, the rebels' leadership group, wrote to Ban last week to reiterate that they were ready to cooperate with the chemical weapons inquiry and "welcome UN investigators into all territories under our control."


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