U.N. chemical arms experts’ mission delayed

AFP-JIJI

U.N. chemical weapons experts have delayed their departure to Syria because of differences with Damascus over how they will investigate alleged attacks, U.N. diplomats said Monday.

The experts were supposed to have left over the weekend and to have begun work this week. But “there has been a delay,” said a diplomat, adding that the experts “wanted assurances on the modalities (of the investigation) and they haven’t received them.”

U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey declined to comment on the reasons for the delay. But he was able to confirm that the experts “are not there yet.”

The U.N. reached a framework agreement with the Syrian government on the mission last month but has been awaiting a final green light from Damascus.