U.N. experts are poised to move into Syria within 24 hours to investigate reported chemical weapons attacks in the country’s civil war, but President Bashar Assad’s government still has not given them the green light to enter the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday.
Ban told reporters in The Hague that an advance team is already waiting at a final staging post on Cyprus, while the U.N. negotiates “technical and legal” issues with Damascus.
All reports of chemical attacks “should be examined without delay, without conditions and without exceptions,” Ban said.
His comments appeared aimed at increasing pressure on Assad’s regime and ensuring that U.N. inspectors are given access to all sites of reported chemical weapons attacks and not just those Damascus wants them to see.
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