Syrian opposition calls for 'comprehensive' UN chemical weapons mission

The statement said the SNC was concerned "that the mission’s members will not visit all areas in Syria where there is reason to believe that chemical weapons have been used.”

Syrian opposition calls for 'comprehensive' UN chemical weapons mission

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has welcomed the United Nations mission to investigate claims of chemical weapons use in Syria.

In a statement it issued late on Friday, the opposition group said it was committed to supporting UN efforts, while expressing concern that the planned mission might limit its work to three main sites.

The statement said the SNC was concerned "that the mission’s members will not visit all areas in Syria where there is reason to believe that chemical weapons have been used.”

“If the scope of the mission is restricted to only three sites, the Coalition is worried that an important opportunity will be missed to establish authoritatively the extent to which chemical weapons have been used," the statement quoted SNC's Representative to the UN, Najib Ghadbian.

"As the UN finalizes the modalities for its mission, we would like to urge the Secretary-General [of the UN] to ensure that the mission adopts a comprehensive approach in its investigation of alleged chemical weapons use," SNC said.

The UN had earlier announced plans to deploy a fact-finding mission in Syria to investigate alleged use of chemical weapons. The date of the mission has not been disclosed.

In another statement issued on Friday, SNC referred to recent military operations by the main opposition armed forces Free Syrian Army (FSA).

SNC said it "pays tribute to the heroes of FSA and honors their commitment to the values and ideals of the Syrian revolution."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ağustos 2013, 13:53
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