UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a team to investigate claims of chemical weapons use in Syria would be ready to deploy within 24 hours and urged the Syrian government to give the go-ahead so work could begin.
Ban said an advance team had been sent to Cyprus. "We are ready, it is a matter of time," he said. The full team will consist of 15 experts, including inspectors, medical experts and chemists.
"All we are waiting for is the go-ahead from the Syrian government to determine whether any chemicals weapons were used, in any location," Ban said.
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