U.N. report on Syria chemical attacks due in January

The Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Kim Won-soo, said a new report on the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict will come out next January.

The U.N. Security Council’s approved the establishment of a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria.

The body’s first report is expected to come out “sometime in January next year,” Won-soo told Al Arabiya’s “Diplomatic Avenue” program, aired on Saturday.

The U.N. disarmament chief said the body will work on drawing a new agreement with Syria “because whatever activities they may have to conduct in Syria requires cooperation from the Syrian government.”

“Updating the cooperation agreement will be the first step they will take… So I don’t see any serious problem there. Our intention is to expedite the conclusion of that agreement as quickly as possible,” he told Talal al-Haj, Al Arabiya’s New York bureau chief.

With regard to coalition airstrikes targeting ISIS militants, Won-soo said the current political and military environment in Syria will pose “very serious challenges to the future work of the [joint investigative mechanism] so we are closely following these developments.”

Won-soo was speaking on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.
 

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