UN experts on chemical weapons arrive in Damascus
Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A group of experts of chemical weapons arrived in Damascus yesterday to open new investigations into the use of lethal weapons in the Syrian conflict. The group, led by Ake Sellstrom already conducted the investigation on chemical weapons used in Ghouta on 21 August, and concluded that the victims and survivors had traces of sarin gas.
must broaden the
investigation to 14 other cases in which such
weapons were reported to have been used. Sellstrom has already stated in the past that the UN has received many allegations on the use of
lethal force against the two sides of the conflict, the Syrian army and armed opposition. He believes his team can
make a full report by the end of October.
The United States, France, Britain, the Arab League have accused the Assad regime for the attack of 21 August. Syria and Russia instead accuse the rebels. Following the threat of military action by the U.S., Russia proposed the total surrender of Syria's chemical arsenal and that Assad at sign the UN Convention against the use of chemical weapons, which Damascus agreed to.
These days the UN Security Council is working on a resolution concerning the consignment of chemical weapons by Syria. The United States, France and Britain want to insert a clause threatening military attack. Russia (and China) are opposed to this clause, preferring the possibility of a new full resolution of threats if Syria does not comply with the schedule of deliveries.