UN officials to visit Syria

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A busy thoroughfare in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo. Photo: UNESCO/Ron Van Oers

The UN disarmament chief, Ms. Angela Kane, and Professor Åke Sellström, head of the UN mission to investigate alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, have agreed to accept the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic's invitation to visit Damascus.

The focus of the mission, set up following a formal request from the Syrian Government, will be an incident involving the alleged use of chemical weapons in Kfar Dael region in Khan Al-Asal area in Aleppo governorate.

UN Secretary-General Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General hopes the visit will occur as soon as possible.

” This visit will be to complete consultations on the modalities of cooperation required for the proper safe and efficient conduct of the mission. In other words, it is not the investigation mission. It is to go there to complete the consultations on the modalities. “

The Secretary-General had repeatedly called on Damascus to grant the team access to the country so that it can carry out an on-the-ground investigation into the allegations.

Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad, as many as 100,000 people have been killed, almost two million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further four million have been internally displaced.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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