U.N. official: Syria chemical inspectors seek more evidence

The United Nations will continue its investigations on evidence of chemical weapons’ use in Syria, but will not attempt to accuse any party of responsibility at the time being, a U.N. representative told Al Arabiya.

“The report speaks for itself, the report does not establish who used it [chemical weapons], but whether it was used,” Angela Kane, U.N. high representative for disarmament affairs, told Al Arabiya’s New York bureau chief Talal al-Haj.

Kane emphasized that member states have decided not to have a “mechanism that establishes the responsibility,” adding that the United Nations wants to finish its report in order “to put the evidence before the international community.”

On Wednesday, U.N. chemical weapons inspectors returned to Syria to continue investigating allegations of chemical attacks in the war-torn country.

The inspectors confirmed last week that sarin gas was used in an attack in Damascus which killed hundreds of people.
Kane stressed the need to wait for the team’s final report after investigation of Khan al-Assal and other sites is completed.

“I think there will be a follow up in terms of accountability,” Kane said.

 

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