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Friday, 4 May 2018

OPCW inspectors finish fact-finding mission in Syria’s Douma

Russia’s military police were ensuring their security
The fact-finding mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has completed its work in Syria’s Douma and returned to The Hague, the OPCW said on Friday.

"The initial deployment of the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) to gather facts in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic is complete. The Director-General [Ahmet Uzumcu] thanked the FFM team members for their courage and professionalism," the OPCW said in a press statement.

"Samples were brought to the OPCW Laboratory where they will be split and then dispatched to the OPCW designated laboratories. The analysis of the samples may take at least three to four weeks. Meanwhile, the FFM will continue its work to collect more information and material. At this time, it is not possible to give a timeframe for when the Douma report will be issued to States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention," the document says.

Earlier in the day, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov told journalists the OPCW mission had finished its work in Douma following an alleged chemical attack.

 According to the spokesman, the OPCW inspectors were granted all-round and unimpeded access to all areas, buildings and premises they had planned to inspect and were given enough time to complete their mission. Russia’s military police were ensuring their security.
[tass.com]
 4/5/18

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