26 July 201318:40

Reply of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia to the question of the Moscow Office of Associated Press news agency regarding the report on the use chemical weapons in Khan al-Asal, Syrian city, which was transferred to the UN

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Question: According to UN diplomats, ten pages are missing in the report on the use chemical weapons in Khan al-Asal, Syrian city, which was presented by Russia to the UN. One diplomat stated to Associated Press that the missing pages contain information about alleged involvement of the Syrian opposition into the use of chemical weapons. Why are these pages missing, what information do they contain, and will they be finally presented to the UN?

Answer: The report of Russian experts transferred to Secretary General of the Organisation Ban Ki-moon by the Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, on July 9 is a laboratory report about results of the analysis of samples of soil, stones and fragments of an unguided missile sampled on the site of the incident of 19 March 2013 in Khan al-Asal near Aleppo.

Several pages are indeed missing in the version of the report presented by us to New York. They contain applied technical information not directly related to the results of the analysis conducted by our professionals and submitted to the UN Secretariat. These pages were intended for "internal use" and did not affect the conclusions of the report in any way. The conclusions, as we have already stated, are that the ammunition filled with chemical warfare agents was produced and used on March 19 near Aleppo by non-governmental forces.

26 July 2013

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