SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – The first group of experts of the Organization for the Detection of Chemical Weapons in Syria (MUFFS) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Beirut on Thursday, a Russian military-diplomatic source told.
“The first group of experts from the MUFFS of the OPCW arrived in Beirut today, the arrival of the main part of specialists to the Lebanese capital is expected tomorrow, April 13,” the source said.
According to him, “an expert group of the MUFFS of the OPCW, accompanied by representatives of the office of the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for the Syrian settlement and the UN Security Directorate will go to Damascus.”
“There OPCW specialists intend to conduct a complex of convention procedures for collecting information about the alleged incident on April 7 in the Duma, and also taking soil samples and other samples for research in certified OPCW laboratories,” the source said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday welcomed the decision of the director general of the technical secretariat of the OPCW, Ahild Uzumlu, to send specialists to the Syrian city of the Duma to investigate allegations of a chemical attack that allegedly took place there and declared that it should not be delayed with this inspection.