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Syria grants visas to OPCW experts probing into alleged Douma chemical attack

April 12, 20:35 UTC+3 THE UNITED NATIONS

A group of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will arrive in Syria later in the week

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THE UNITED NATIONS, April 12. /TASS/. A group of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will arrive in Syria later in the week to investigate reports on an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari told reporters on Thursday.

Entry visas have already been handed to the first investigators, he added.

"The OPCW informed the Syrian government that the mission's team, the FFM, [the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission which mandate is to establish facts of the use of toxic chemicals in Syria - TASS] will consist of two groups," he said. "These two groups will arrive separately to Syria on Thursday, today, as well as tomorrow, on Friday."

"The OPCW sent four passports [for members of the first group] to the Syrian embassy in Brussels. The visas were granted immediately," al-Jaafari said.

According to the ambassador, Damascus is ready to provide any assistance to the OPCW experts in visiting the venue of an alleged attack in Douma.

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