World OPCW inspectors 'not yet' allowed in Syria's Douma: UK delegation

15:36  16 april  2018
15:36  16 april  2018 Source:   Al Jazeera

Inspectors arrive at suspected Syrian chemical attack sites in Douma: Russia

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OPCW inspectors not yet allowed access to Syria ' s Douma - UK delegation . US envoy to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( OPCW ): Concerned that Russia has been tampered the chemical attack site location in Douma .

Chemical weapons inspectors not yet allowed access to Douma : UK delegation . British envoy: OPCW must act to prevent 'further barbaric use of Syria and Russia deny chemical weapons were used in the final offensive that captured Douma , a rebel-held territory east of Damascus.

The OPCW won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for its work in destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile [File: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]© Provided by Al Jazeera The OPCW won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for its work in destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile [File: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]

Chemical weapons inspectors have not yet been allowed access to Syria's Douma, UK officials said as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) met to discuss the "alleged use of chemical weapons" in Syria.

"Russia and Syria have not yet allowed access to Douma," the British delegation tweeted on Sunday, adding that "unfettered access [is] essential" and "Russia and Syria must cooperate".

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov immediately denied the allegations that inspectors were not being allowed access, according to Russian news agency RIA.

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  Syria chemical weapons visit postponed after gunfire: sources A visit by international chemical weapons inspectors to the location of a suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma has been delayed after gunfire at the site during a visit by a U.N. security team on Tuesday, sources told Reuters. The U.N. security team entered Douma to assess the situation ahead of the planned visit by inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) international watchdog, said the sources, who had been briefed on the team's deployment.

The imminent arrival of the chemical weapons inspectors came as rebels in Douma surrendered And yet if Trump is enforcing his own red line, beginning with a missile strike on Syria ' s Shayrat The UK has since ordered the Royal Navy to move its submarines within missile range of Syria , and

Official Twitter account of the # UK Delegation to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( @ OPCW ) #digitaldiplomacy @PeterWilson. We are horrified by allegations of #chemicalweapons attacks in # Douma # Syria .

He said the arrival of the inspectors were delayed as a result of the US-led air strikes on Saturday.

The OPCW, an intergovenmental organisation that oversees the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, met with delegates in The Hague on Monday to discuss events surrounding the April 7 attack in Douma.

Syrian government forces retook Douma last week, gaining full control over the former rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, Russian military officials announced at the time.

The announcement came just days after dozens people were killed by alleged chemical weapons attack in the town, sparking international outcry and prompting the US, UK and France to launch missile strikes on facilities believed to be used to research, develop and store chemical weapons inside Syria.

Inspectors yet to reach alleged Syria chemical attack site

  Inspectors yet to reach alleged Syria chemical attack site Western diplomats, weapons experts say time is of the essence if inspectors are going to figure out what happened in DoumaDAMASCUS -- Security concerns were still keeping international experts from inspecting the site of a suspected chemical attack in Syria on Thursday. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were yet to reach the town of Douma, just outside Damascus, where more than 40 people were reported killed nearly two weeks ago.

AMSTERDAM, April 10 (Reuters) - Inspectors with the global chemical weapons watchdog will travel to the Syrian town of Douma to investigate reports of an attack there that killed as many as 60 people, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday. The OPCW “has requested the Syrian Arab Republic to

AMSTERDAM, April 10 (Reuters) – Inspectors with the global chemical weapons watchdog will travel to the Syrian town of Douma to investigate reports of an attack there that killed as many as 60 people, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday. The OPCW “has requested the Syrian Arab Republic to

The Chemical Weapons Convention outlaws the production or stockpiling of chemical weapons.

Syria is a signatory of the treaty. Egypt, Israel, North Korea and South Sudan are the only nonsignatory nations.

'Barbaric use of chemical weapons'

Peter Wilson, the UK's OPCW envoy, told the watchdog body that failure to act in Syria will cause "further barbaric use of chemical weapons.

Syria has lived through a seven-year civil war that has killed at least half a million people and created an international refugee crisis.

"The Syrian Regime has an abhorrent record of using chemical weapons against its own people. Chemical weapons use has become an all too regular weapon of war in the Syrian conflict," Wilson said, going on to cite 390 allegations of chemical weapons attacks since 2014.

Russia has impeded international bodies from investigating these attacks, Wilson added.

Russia told the UN last Friday that its experts found no trace of "toxic substance use" during their investigation in Douma.

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's UN ambassador, said Russia has "clear evidence" that the chemical attack was staged.

For its part, France has said it has evidence Russia was responsible.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said her country will announce new sanctions on the Russian government in response to its support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Despite delay, experts say any evidence in suspected Syria chemical attack likely remains .
"It is unlikely that all traces of evidence could be removed but it could be tampered with," one expert said.Chemical weapons inspectors were able to reach a site and take samples from Syria's Douma on Saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by the United States and others against alleged Syrian government chemical facilities.

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