Russian, French ambassadors arrive for OPCW assembly on Douma

THE HAGUE: The Russian and French ambassadors to the Netherlands were among those who arrived Monday for emergency talks on called by the global chemical watchdog, an AFP correspondent saw.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons () was due to open a meeting at 0800 GMT at its headquarters in The Hague following the April 7 suspected poison gas attack on civilians in the Syrian town of .

The British ambassador, Peter Wilson, was also seen arriving at the OPCW‘S distinctive round-shaped headquarters, for a meeting of the body‘s 41-member executive council.

The OPCW has 192 members, and Monday‘s governing executive council meeting was called by its chairman, Bangladeshi ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal “to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons” in Syria.

An OPCW fact-finding team is in Syria to probe the alleged attack on Douma in which 40 people died.

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