The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has completed its fact-finding mission to the Syrian town of Douma, site of an alleged – but disputed – chemical weapon attack in March.
The OPCW issued a statement advising it will take around a month weeks to complete its analysis – but warning it cannot yet say how long it will be before it is ready to publish its report:
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 4 May 2018
The initial deployment of the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) to gather facts in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic is complete. The Director-General thanked the FFM team members for their courage and professionalism.
Samples were brought to the OPCW Laboratory where they will be split and then dispatched to the OPCW designated laboratories. The analysis of the samples may take at least three to four weeks.
Meanwhile, the FFM will continue its work to collect more information and material. At this time, it is not possible to give a timeframe for when the Douma report will be issued to States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
It’s to be hoped the report will be more specific and informative than its recent report on the Salisbury toxin.
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