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Inspectors’ entry to probe alleged gas strike held up
    2018-04-18  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE access to Douma by chemical weapons inspectors seeking to probe an alleged poison gas attack there was delayed Monday, British officials said.

Moscow, the main ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on Sunday condemned the United States, Britain and France for refusing to wait for the findings of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspection team on the alleged attack on Douma before they launched the strikes.

OPCW inspectors arrived in Damascus on Saturday and had planned to head to Douma, on the outskirts of the capital, Monday. But the British delegation to the OPCW said Russia and Syria had not yet allowed inspectors access to Douma, citing security concerns.

Britain’s Ambassador Peter Wilson said at a news conference at The Hague that the U.N. had cleared the inspectors to go but they had been unable to reach Douma because Syria and Russia had been unable to guarantee their safety.

“Unfettered access (is) essential,” a British statement said. “Russia and Syria must cooperate.”

Russia’s deputy foreign minister said the delay was due to the Western strikes.

The Kremlin on Monday dismissed as “groundless” claims that Russia and Syria have not allowed a fact-finding mission by the world’s chemical weapons watchdog to enter Douma to probe an alleged gas attack.

“We consider such accusations against Russia to be groundless,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that Moscow was in favor of “an impartial investigation.”

France’s foreign ministry yesterday said it was very likely that proof has disappeared from the site of a suspected poison gas attack, adding it was essential that international inspectors be given full access to the site.

“It is very likely that proof and essential elements are disappearing from this site,” the ministry said in a statement. (SD-Agencies)

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