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INVESTIGATION ON CHEMICAL INCIDENT SHOULD START IN DAMASCUS — SYRIA

AMMAN, April 7 (NNN-KUNA) -- Any international investigation in the recent chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, will have to start from Damascus and not from Turkey, and should not be politicized, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moallem said on Thursday.

Al-Moallem added that the Syrian authorities are coordinating with Moscow after the Russian envoy to the UN on Wednesday proposed formation of an "unbiased" investigation committee of broad representation.

Syria has a history with investigation panels that were not encouraging at all, he told a news conference in Damascus.

Al-Moallem denied once more that the Syrian Army used chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun.

The Syrian Arab Army has never and will not use such type of weapons even against those who target "our people," he said.

He also spoke of the timing of an "unfair campaign launched against Syria as over the past few weeks, militants carried out a number of attacks in Jobar and the northern countryside of Hama."

Militants launched attacks in Jobar and Hama countryside before the fifth round of Geneva, and the Riyadh delegation had only one demand in Geneva which is to come into power and when they failed in these attempts they came up with the lie of using chemical weapon by the army in Khan Sheikhoun, he said.

On the day, the campaign was announced at 06:00 a.m while the first airstrike carried out by the Syrian army was at 11:00 a.m on an ammunition store of Jabhat Al-Nusra which included chemical weapons inside it, he said.

If there were an airstrike that used chemical weapons, it would have dug a whole with a diameter of 1 km, he added.

Al-Moallem noted that Israel is the only party that benefits from developments in the region.

Source: NAM News Network