Senior official delivers letter to Syria on UN fact-finding mission to the country

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High Representative for Disarmament affairs Angela Kane

Syria has confirmed its desire to cooperate with a UN mission that will investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists in New York on Thursday.

He reported that UN Disarmament chief Angela Kane met with the Syrian ambassador that morning to hand over a letter to the country's Deputy Prime Minister.

Mr. Nersiky said the letter conveyed the modalities for cooperation to ensure the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the UN mission.

"The next step is to await the early affirmation from the Syrian Government on those modalities and arrangements following which we can expeditiously dispatch the team. The Syrian Government confirmed to Ms. Kane their desire to cooperate. They also confirmed to Ms. Kane that they are keen to proceed."

The technical mission to Syria will be headed by Swedish scientist Ǻke Sellström who was appointed this week by the UN Secretary-General.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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