Swedish scientist to head UN Syria WMDs probe

Moscow says Russian, Chinese experts should be part of investigation into allegations chemical weapons used in Syria.

By REUTERS
March 26, 2013 19:46
2 minute read.
Residents move a Syrian Army soldier, wounded in apparent chemical weapon attack, March 19, 2013.

Syrian soldier injured in alleged chemical weapon attack 360. (photo credit: REUTERS/George Ourfalian)

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom to head the

France and Britain wrote to Ban on Thursday to draw his attention to an alleged attack near Damascus, as well as one in Homs in late December. The rebels blame Syria's government for those incidents as well as the Aleppo attack.

Ban made clear on Thursday that the investigation would initially focus on the Aleppo incident, in which the government and rebels accuse each other of firing a missile laden with chemicals, killing 26 people.

In a letter to the Security Council on Friday, Ban said he had asked Britain, France and Syria for further information on the other alleged chemical attacks "with a view to verifying any alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria."

US and European officials say there is no evidence of a chemical weapons attack. If one is confirmed, it would be the first use of such weapons in the two-year-old Syrian conflict, which the United Nations says has cost 70,000 lives.


Related Content

October 13, 2019
Labour Party faces bankruptcy amid antisemitism allegations

By ZACHARY KEYSER

Cookie Settings