UN Under Secretary General Angela Kane arrived in Syria’s capital on Saturday for talks aimed at establishing the terms of an inquiry into alleged chemical weapons attacks, an AFP journalist said.
Kane did not comment to reporters as she entered the Four Seasons hotel, only a few kilometres (miles) away from the site of Wednesday’s reported chemical weapons strikes.
Her visit comes after UN chief Ban Ki-moon handed her the task and called for Syria’s regime and its opponents to cooperate in the UN efforts to establish an investigation into the attacks said to have killed hundreds of people.
Opponents of Bashar al-Assad said the president’s forces killed 1,300 people when they unleashed chemical weapons on east and southwest of Damascus in the attacks on Wednesday.
The Syrian government has strongly denied the accusations, but so far it has not said whether it will let UN inspectors visit the sites.