OPCW to Undertake Fact-Finding Mission in Syria on Alleged Chlorine Gas Attacks

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

At a meeting of the OPCW Executive Council held today, the Director-General announced the creation of an OPCW mission to establish facts surrounding allegations of use of chlorine in Syria.

The Syrian government, which has agreed to accept this mission, has undertaken to provide security in areas under its control.  The mission will carry out its work in the most challenging circumstances.

Delegations speaking at today’s Executive Council meeting expressed their full support for this mission.  The UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon has also expressed his support and assured the assistance of the United Nations in meeting the significant security and logistical demands of this mission.

The team is expected to depart for Syria soon.


Categories: OPCW and the UN, Syria

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