U.N. weapons inspectors need four days to complete their investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons by governmental forces in Syria, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said today.
According to Ban, the inspectors have completed a second day of investigations in a suburb of Damascus but still require more time. Once their investigation is concluded, Ban says that it will be necessary to analyze the inspectors’ findings and send a report to the Security Council.
The inspectors have had difficulty completing their job. On Monday, they managed to take samples from victims of the chemical-weapons attack despite their convoy receiving gunfire from an unidentified source. Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Moallem, has blamed rebels for the obstacles U.N. inspectors have faced and has denied that the government was attempting to delay them.