"The team will consist of 10 experts from the Organization including the head of the mission for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the World Health Organization," a news agency quoted UN spokesman Martin Nesirky as saying.

"The team will depart for Syria as soon as possible," Nesirky said. Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom, former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, was asked by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to set up a fact-finding team in March to investigate claims of chemical weapons use in the Syrian conflict.

The Syrian government and the opposition have accused each other of using chemical weapons and both have denied it. According to the UN secretary general, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria. Another 1.7 million Syrians have been forced to seek shelter in neighbouring countries.


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