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Damascus gives green light to UN chemical arms probe

Syrian government grants UN access to carry inquiry into use of chemical weapons in the capital

AFP , Sunday 25 Aug 2013
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Damascus on Sunday gave the green light for United Nations inspectors to carry out an immediate probe into allegations of chemical weapons use near the capital last week, Syria's foreign ministry said.

"An agreement was concluded today (Sunday) in Damascus between the Syrian government and the United Nations during the visit of the UN high representative for disarmament, Angela Kane, to allow the UN team lead by professor Aake Sellstroem to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Damascus province," a ministry statement said.

The agreement "is effective immediately," it added.

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