Uzumcu: Syria is said to have a stock of chemical weapons
Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director General Uzumcu said Syria was said to have a stock of 100 tons of chemical weapons TIMETURK / News Center
Assertions of chemical weapons use in Syria attracts the international public opinion's attention.
Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said Syria was said to have a stock of 100 tons of chemical weapons according to findings released by open sources.
Uzumcu answered the AA's questions on the claims of use of sarin gas by Syrian dissidents, and said it was not possible for them to reveal whether there were chemical weapons or not in Syria as Syria was not a signatory country.
"We could not confirm if Syria has chemical weapons or not. However Syria is said to have a stock of 100 tons of chemical weapons including mustard gas, sarin gas, vx nerve gas. We do not know the amount of these chemical gases and where they are kept" Uzumcu said.
Uzumcu said chemical weapons was brought onto agenda with the statement of Carla del Ponte, a member of the United Nations (UN) Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, as "opponents may have used chemical weapons".
-Sarin gas used in 1995 in Tokyo-
Sarin gas affects human's nerve systems, said Uzumcu, adding that it could be lethal.
Uzumcu said a religious order in Tokyo had used sarin gas in 1995 and 13 people had been killed.
"Sarin gas is an extremely dangerous chemical weapon and it can damage people. Non-state organizations can access sarin gas and produce it in laboratories," said Uzumcu.
-"We assigned a group of 14 experts to UN to investigate chemical weapons use"-
Uzumcu said they asked the UN to send a neutral envoy to investigate the claims of chemical weapons use on March 20, adding that he discussed the issue with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and asked him if UN would support them.
Dr. Ake Sellstrom was appointed in April to lead the fact-finding mission of the United Nations into allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, said Uzumcu, adding that as the negotiations between the UN and the Syrian government continued, they could not enter Syria.(AA)