But Commission Not Reached Conclusive Findings
Carla Del Ponte, a member of UN commission of inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV on Sunday that the commission's preliminary findings indicate that the Syrian rebel used the sarin gas.
“According to their (Commission) report of last week, which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said. “I was a little bit stupefied by the first indications we got... they were about the use of nerve gas by the opposition,” she added. (BBC, 6 May)
Today, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria issued a statement saying it wished to clarify that it had “not reached conclusive findings as to the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any parties to the conflict.” (BBC, 6 May)
Sarin, a colorless, odorless gas which can cause respiratory arrest and death, is classed as a weapon of mass destruction and is banned under international law.
Photo credit: UN Commissioner of Inquiry on Syria Carla Del Ponte (BBC)