Swedish prof to lead Syria weapons probe

2013-03-26 22:28
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (Mark Garten, AFP)

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (Mark Garten, AFP)

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New York – Secretary general Ban Ki-moon has appointed a Swedish professor, who was a UN chemical weapons inspector in Iraq and now works at a research institute that deals with chemical incidents, to head the UN fact-finding mission that will investigate allegations of the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky called Ake Sellstrom "an accomplished scientist with a solid background in disarmament and international security”.

Syria asked the secretary general to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack on 19 March, and Britain and France have asked for an investigation of two other alleged attacks.

Ban asked the three governments on Sunday to provide additional information about the alleged attacks and Nesirky said on Tuesday that the secretary-general had received a letter from Britain.

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