The chairman of the executive council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has "requested a meeting... be convened to discuss alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic," a statement said on its website late yesterday.
Diplomatic sources confirmed to AFP that the discussions would focus on Douma -- the target of Saturday's alleged attack -- in which rescue workers said more than 40 people were killed.
"It is high time to drop militaristic speeches we hear from some capitals and to return to diplomatic settlement of the situation," it added in a tweet.
Russia has vowed to ensure the team's "security and safety" and the Russian embassy in London also tweeted a picture of an armoured vehicle which they said was "Russian military police" entering Douma today.
"They will secure order and aid distribution, ready to ensure work of OPCW mission," the tweet added.
Based in The Hague, the OPCW was set up in 1993 to help rid the world of chemical weapons. It has 192 member states, covering some 98 per cent of the world's population.
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