Fact-finding mission to conduct on-site activities starting 26 AugustListen / The UN fact-finding mission investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic is preparing to conduct on-site fact-finding activities starting Monday, 26 August, according to a statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General.
The mission, headed by Dr. Åke Sellström, is currently in Damascus to investigate an incident that took place in the Ghouta area on 21 August involving the alleged use of chemical weapons.
On 24 and 25 August, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Angela Kane, met with senior officials of the Syrian Government to seek its cooperation in facilitating an expeditious investigation of the incident.
According to the statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has instructed the UN fact-finding mission to focus its attention on ascertaining the facts of the 21 August incident as its highest priority.
The Secretary-General notes the Syrian Government affirmed that it will provide the necessary cooperation, including the observance of the cessation of hostilities at the locations related to the incident.
The Secretary-General remains grateful for the cooperation and dedication of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the World Health Organization, as well as for the commitment of their staff assigned to the Mission.
He would like to reiterate that all relevant parties equally share the responsibility of cooperating in urgently generating a safe environment for the Mission to do its job efficiently and providing all necessary information.
Gerry Adams, United Nations