3 appointed to panel probing chemical weapons use in Syria

Virginia Gamba of Argentina is appointed to lead the Joint Investigative Mechanism Panel. | Courtesy of the U.N. News Center

The United Nations News Center announced Tuesday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made his appointments to the three-member panel that will oversee the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Leading the panel will be Virginia Gamba of Argentina; she will be serving alongside Eberhard Schanze of Germany and Adrian Neritani of Albania. 

Gamba is deputy to the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and has approximately 30 year's worth of experience in the area of disarmament affairs and related activity. She played a key role in earlier missions relating to Syrian chemical weapons. 

Schanze will focus on the investigative components of the JIM and within the panel. Neritani will focus on the political aspects of the panel's work.

The JIM is tasked with the identification of parties, individuals or other groups to be held responsible for the use of chemical weapons and toxic industrial chemicals on Syrian citizens. The JIM's formation was mandated in UN Security Council Resolution 2235. The panel is a joint venture between the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

All appointments were made in coordination with OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu.

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