UN / OPCW UK

20-Mar-2018 00:01:11
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said an OPCW team has been deployed to Salisbury to collect samples related to the alleged use of a nerve agent in the British city and expected results to be established in “two to three weeks.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / OPCW UK
TRT: 01:11
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

20 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Üzümcü approaching stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW):
“Upon the request of the British Government, the OPCW has deployed some experts to the UK and they will collect some samples which will be sent to our designated labs. And the analysis might take another two to three weeks and we will share the results with the British Government.”
4. Wide shot, Üzümcü at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW):
“Actually, we don’t prejudge the outcome of the analysis of course. This is technical work that will be conducted. Once the samples will be brought back to the Netherlands, they will be split in our laboratory in The Hague, sent to designated labs, which may take some time, and in the end the designated labs would need another two to three weeks to finalize the analysis. So, you should rather think of three weeks ahead at least.”
6. Pan right, Üzümcü leaving stakeout
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Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said an OPCW team has been deployed to Salisbury to collect samples related to the alleged use of a nerve agent in the British city and expected results to be established in “two to three weeks.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (20 Mar), Üzümcü said experts were deployed upon the request of the British Government adding that the collected samples would be sent to OPCW labs. He added that the lab analysis might take “another two to three weeks and we will share the results with the British Government.”

Asked if the OPCW could trace the samples back to Russian or Soviet made chemicals, the OPCW Director-General said he would not “prejudge the outcome of the analysis.” He said the technical work had to be conducted. He added that once the samples are brought back to the OPCW headquarters in the Netherlands, they will be split and send to different designated labs “which may take some time.” The labs would need another two to three weeks to finalize the analysis.
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