United Nations awaits final approval of its investigational mission in Syria

The United Nations recently announced that it finalized all of the logistical details for its trip to Syria to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons and is awaiting the Syrian government's approval.

The mission in Syria is intended to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Syrian government and opposition forces. Swedish scientist Åke Sellström will lead the investigation team. Sellström also completed all of the logistical details of the trip.

High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane has been speaking to representatives in Damascus to expedite the approval process.

"Once the Government of Syria confirms its acceptance of the modalities, the mission will depart without delay," a U.N. spokesperson said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has advocated for the trip since the beginning of the year in response to numerous claims of chemical weapons being used by both the Syrian government and opposition forces in the country.

The conflict is Syria began in March of 2011 in an attempt to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. Since then, more than 100,000 people have been killed, nearly two million are refugees in neighboring countries and four million are displaced within the country. Nearly 7 million require urgent humanitarian care, which has been difficult to provide amidst the violence.