SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – The necessary permits for the visit of experts of the OPCW to the Syrian city of the Duma for the investigation on the spot were issued by the UN, official spokesman for the world organization Stefan Dujarric stated.
“The UN has provided the necessary permits for the OPCW mission to go to the Duma, and we did not deny them permission,” Dujarrik said at a briefing on Monday.
Earlier Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the visit of the OPCW group of experts to the Syrian city of the Duma had not yet taken place because of “the lack of coordination of the UN Security Department’s security department” to travel to the site of events.
In a statement on Monday, the OPCW Director General informed the member countries of the executive council of the organization that the OPCW team of experts has not yet begun work in the Duma, where, as several Western countries state, a chemical attack occurred earlier.
At the same time, he said, the Syrian authorities “invited the mission to interview 22 witnesses who can be taken to Damascus.” In total, nine experts from the OPCW arrived in Syria.
The UN representative did not comment on the format of the OPCW proposed work. “We want the investigation to proceed.” The UN Secretary General supports the investigation, and we hope that it will be as complete as possible, “said Dujarrik.