Two senior UN inspectors have arrived in Damascus Wednesday to investigate claims that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, the AFP reported.
Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom and Angela Kane, UN high representative for disarmament, will meet with senior government officials, Damascus-based analyst Khaled Al Masri told the AFP. It is also likely the two will meet with Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, a source close to the UN delegation informed the AFP, on condition of anonymity. UN spokesman Martin Nesirsky said the Syrian government's invitation to make the inspection was accepted "with a view to completing the consultations on the modalities of cooperation required for the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the UN mission to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria". The United States as well as several European countries have accused forces loyal to the Syrian government of use chemical weapons stockpiles. Russian in turn has accused rebels of using chemical weapons. In all the United Nations has received 13 allegations of the use of chemical weapons during the conflict. In the past the United States has said that using chemical weapons in Syria would constitute "a red line" in the conflict, necessitating foreign powers to intervene.