Kane relays plans for chemical weapons probe to Syria

U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane conveyed a letter to the Syrian government on Thursday with the modalities for cooperation required to conduct an investigation into allegations of chemical weapon use.

Kane relayed the letter to the Syrian Deputy Prime Minister through Syria's U.N. ambassador. The investigation will initially focus on the alleged use of chemical arms near Aleppo.

"The Syrian government confirmed to Ms. Kane their desire to cooperate," a U.N. spokesperson said. "They also confirmed to Ms. Kane that they are keen to proceed."

The investigation team will be dispatched to the region after receiving Syria's affirmation of the plans.

According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Syria's humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate leading to a continued outflow of refugees. There are now more than 1.2 million refugees who fled Syria to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Since January 1, 477,347 people registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

The U.N.'s latest regional response plan for refugee humanitarian aid is only 31 percent funded with a shortfall of approximately $735 million.

The conflict has claimed more than 70,000 lives since it began in March 2011.