Three-Week Wait for UN's Syria Analysis
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The analysis of samples taken by UN inspectors in Syria probing alleged use of chemical weapons could take "up to three weeks," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said.
"The evidence collected by the team will now undergo laboratory analysis and technical evaluation," said the group based in The Hague where the team arrived yesterday, AFP reported.
"These procedures may take up to three weeks for completion in a systematic, orderly and objective manner."
"Every effort will be made to expedite this process. Their report will be submitted to the United Nations Secretary General by (team leader) Dr (Ake) Sellstrom," a statement added.
A German government plane carrying the UN chemical weapons investigators flew in to Rotterdam earlier yesterday before the team was taken by car to The Hague.
The 13 inspectors left Damascus early yesterday and drove over the border to Lebanon after completing their probe into a suspected chemical weapons attack August 21 near the Syrian capital.