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U.N. investigates use of chemical weapons in Damascus

The Syrian government vowed full cooperation as U.N. inspectors arrived in Damascus to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use. The US, Britain, and France have charged President Bashar Assad's government with using chemical weapons. 

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Ake Sellstrom, the head of a U.N. chemical weapons investigation team, arrives in Damascus Sunday. A team of United Nations chemical weapons experts will investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war.

Khaled al-Hariri /Reuters

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U.N. inspectors arrived Sunday in the Syrian capital on a mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons, as Syria's government vowed to fully cooperate with them.

Syrian plainclothes security men whisked away the 20-member team, led by Swedish chemical weapons expert Ake Sellstrom, from a crush of waiting reporters and cameramen as they arrived at their five-star hotel in the heart of Damascus.

Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told the Associated Press before their arrival that Syria will "fully cooperate" with the team.

 

"I assure you, on behalf of the Syrian Arab Republic, that we will fully cooperate with this team and provide it will all information we have and all facilities to reach a rational conclusion," he said.

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