Head of UN fact-finding mission on Syria to meet with Secretary-General on Monday

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The head of the UN fact-finding mission on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria will be in New York next week, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists on Friday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will hold consultations on Monday with Swedish professor Åke Sellström, who was appointed last month.

Nesirky said the UN remains in close contact with the Syrian authorities and has urged the government to grant "unconditional and unfettered access" to the mission.

"The Secretary-General urges the Syrian government to respond swiftly and favourably so that this mission can carry out its work in Syria. It's precisely because of such serious allegations about possible chemical weapons use that the mission must be allowed immediate and unfettered access."

The fact-finding mission is on stand-by and ready to deploy within 24 to 48 hours, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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