UN weapons inspectors to return to Syria Wednesday: spokesman
Baku-APA. The Untied Nations team tasked with probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria will return to the Middle East country on Wednesday to complete its "investigation of pending credible allegations," including the Mar. 19 incident at Khan al-Asal, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky announced here Tuesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
However, Nesirky said in a note emailed to the press here that the UN fact-finding group will not check or verify Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.
"As for information about Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has not shared such information with the UN Mission," he said, adding "The responsibility of verifying the inventory and elimination of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles belongs with the OPCW."
"This task is beyond the scope of the UN Mission's mandate, which is to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons, " he said.
The UN fact-finding team, formally known as the Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, is headed by Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom. It was established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in March at the request of the Syrian government.
The team, assisted by experts from the World Health Organization and OPCW, visited the country last month and found " clear and convincing evidence" that Sarin gas was used in an incident that occurred on Aug. 21 in the Ghouta area on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, in which hundreds of people were reportedly killed.
In recent weeks, Syria has acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Addressing the Tuesday opening of the General Debate of the UN General Assembly, the UN chief urged the Syrian government to fully and quickly honor the obligations it has assumed in acceding to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
"The international community must bring to justice the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Syria -- confirmed unequivocally by the UN investigation mission," Ban said, appealing to the international community ensure the safeguarding and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles and programs.
Related news releases
- 23.06.2018Operation desert storm memorial to be built in Washington, DC
- 23.06.2018Trump urges Republican lawmakers to drop immigration bill until election
- 22.06.2018Trump prolongs sanctions against North Korea for another year
- 22.06.2018Venezuela to back OPEC + decisions aimed at stabilization of oil price
- 22.06.2018Pentagon asked to house up to 20,000 migrant children
- 22.06.2018US House rejects conservative immigration bill
- 21.06.2018Trump signs order halting separation of families
- 20.06.2018House to vote on Thursday on immigration bills
- 20.06.2018US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council
- 19.06.2018US, Russian top diplomats discuss Syria over phone
- 19.06.2018Trump orders creation of US 'Space Force'
- 17.06.2018Argentina to replace energy and production ministers
- 16.06.2018At least 17 dead in Venezuelan nightclub after tear gas blast
- 16.06.2018Kushner, Haley hold talks with UN chief on humanitarian needs in Gaza
- 16.06.2018U.S. warns Americans of terrorism threat at World Cup in Russia
- 16.06.2018Trump supports Republican immigration bills in U.S. House: White House
- 16.06.2018U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail pre-trial
- 16.06.2018Trump sets tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods; Beijing strikes back
- 15.06.2018Trump tells G7 leaders that Crimea is Russian
- 15.06.2018Pompeo says North Korea sanctions to remain until complete denuclearisation
- 15.06.2018UN calls for vital port of Hudaydah to stay open
- 15.06.2018Nicaragua president's foes stage nationwide strike
- 15.06.2018DoD Chief Mattis Discusses With S Korean Counterpart Results of Singapore Summit
- 15.06.2018US forces conduct airstrike in Libya, manage to kill one terrorist
- 14.06.2018Facebook's chief of communications, policy to step down
- 14.06.2018Norwegian politicians nominate Donald Trump for Nobel Peace Prize
- 14.06.2018UN votes to condemn Israel's 'excessive force' against Gaza Protests
- 14.06.2018Top White House officials planning to quit
- 14.06.2018Volcanic ash forces Guatemala airport to suspend operations
- 14.06.2018Trump says summit removed North Korean nuclear threat
- 14.06.2018Antarctic thaw quickens, trillions of tonnes of ice raise sea levels
- 13.06.2018Trump, Iran spar over oil prices ahead of OPEC meeting
- 13.06.2018Trump says no war games while North Korea negotiates in good faith
- 13.06.2018New US sanctions will have no effect - Russia’s Foreign Ministry
- 13.06.2018Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump accept each other's visit invitations
- 12.06.2018UN Sec Gen: implementing agreements by US, North Korean leaders requires patience
- 12.06.2018US must sustain maximum economic pressure on Pyongyang - House Speaker
- 12.06.2018Trump top economic adviser suffers heart attack moments before Trump-Kim Summit
- 12.06.2018US sanctions new Russian entities over cyberattacks
- 12.06.2018US extradites former Panamanian president
- 25.09.2013Israeli delegation to UN to boycott Iranian president's speech
- 25.09.2013No Obama-Rouhani meeting: US officials
- 25.09.2013Iranian president begins his address to UN General Assembly
- 24.09.2013Brazilian Leader Rebukes US for Spying on Friends
- 24.09.2013Obama Pushes Back on Putin, Insists ‘America is Exceptional’
- 24.09.2013Obama urges tough UN resolution on Syria