Chemical weapons team to finalize Syria report next month

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Newly arrived Syrian refugees sleep out in the open in Qushtapa Park (Photo: UNHCR/S. Baldwin).

The UN team investigating chemical weapons use in Syria has concluded a six-day mission to the country and will finalize its overall report by the end of October, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists in New York on Monday.

This mission follows on from the experts' first visit to Syria last month where they found that the nerve agent sarin had been used in an attack on 21 August which killed hundreds of civilians.

Reporters also asked Nesirky about a team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that is travelling to Syria on Tuesday.

"This is an advance team that is going in tomorrow. There is a larger mission that will need to do a lot of work in the weeks and months ahead. The recommendations for how that larger operation will take place will be put together in the coming eight or nine days by the Secretary-General in close consultation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons." (24″)

The UN Security Council last week unanimously adopted a resolution on the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria which will be carried out by the OPCW.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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