Åke Sellström

Swedish expert to head hunt for chemical weapons use in Syria

Swedish scientist Åke Sellström has been appointed as the head of the UN team searching for chemical weapons in Syria.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky says that Sellström is "an accomplished scientist with a solid background in disarmament and international security", according to news agency Reuters.

The Swedish expert has already worked in the UN inspection team that got rid of Iraq's chemical and biological weapons in the 1990s and he was also on the team that went back to Iraq in 2002 to investigate claims of weapons of mass destruction.

Swedish Radio News says that there are claims that chemical weapons are being used in the ongoing Syrian civil war, but that so far there is no evidence.

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