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Departure of UN chemical experts to Syria delayed

UN says departure of chemical weapons experts to Syria delayed over arrangements

Departure of UN chemical experts to Syria delayed

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations says the departure of U.N. chemical weapons experts to Syria has been delayed because an agreement hasn't been reached with the Syrian government on arrangements for the investigation of three incidents of alleged chemical weapons use.

U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Tuesday that the investigation team completed its logistical arrangements for the visit over the weekend.

But he said U.N. disarmament chief Angela Kane is continuing consultations with the Syrian government "on the modalities essential for cooperation to ensure the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the mission."

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky had said on Aug. 6 that preparations were expected to be completed "within the next days."

Del Buey said once the Syrian government accepts "the modalities, the mission will depart without delay."


Updated : 2021-04-11 14:38 GMT+08:00