United Nations planning trip to investigate chemical weapon use in Syria

The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs disclosed the results of discussions held with the Government of Syria on the peaceful investigation of alleged chemical weapon use United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday.

The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs recently met with the government of Syria to explain what cooperation would be required of the country regarding the U.N.'s Mission to Investigate Allegations of Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Mission is planning to travel to Syria as soon as possible to investigate three alleged incidents of chemical weapon use throughout the country, including Khan al-Asal.

The Secretary-General noted that additional incidents of chemical weapon use had been reported. The Mission will continue to conduct necessary investigations to uphold the regulations of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The conflict in Syria began two years ago, when opposition forces began a civil war to oust the current ruler, Bashar al-Assad. The death toll in Syria is currently estimated at 5,000 people per month. There have been multiple reports of alleged chemical weapon use in Syria. All attempts to investigate the targeted areas have been denied by the Syrian government to-date, ABC News reports.