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UN Chemical Weapons Team in Syria


DAMASCUS, 27th August, 2013 (WAM) -- Further to a visit by the UN Chemical Weapons Team, led by Professor Sellstrom, to investigate alleged chemical weapons use in an area near Damascus, the team was to continue their investigation in a different site today.



Following yesterday's attack on the UN convoy, a comprehensive assessment determined that the visit should be postponed by one day in order to improve preparedness and safety for the team. Considering the complexities of the site, confirmation of access has not been obtained but is expected later today.



The UN Secretary-General has again urged all sides in the conflict to give safe passage and access to the team, saying that it is in the interest of all sides to bring factual evidence and clarity to a situation which has brought great suffering to the people of Syria. He reiterated that the United Nations is there to assist, but it needs the cooperation of all in order to fulfill the mandate given by the member states.



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