Watchdog: No independent information on Syria chemical arms

By REUTERS
March 19, 2013 15:33

 
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VIENNA - The head of an international anti-chemical weapons body said on Tuesday he had no independent information about any use of such arms in Syria, as claimed by the Syrian government and rebels.

"I don't think we know more than you do at the moment," Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), told a seminar in Vienna. "Of course we have seen those reports and we are closely monitoring the situation," he said.

Syria's government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would, if confirmed, be the first use of such weapons in the two-year-old conflict.

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