UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday announced that the UN team of chemical weapons inspectors will have an imminent departure for Syria with the formal acceptance of modalities essential for cooperation from Damascus.
"The secretary-general is pleased to announce that the government of Syria has formally accepted the modalities essential for cooperation to ensure the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the Mission," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.
"The departure of the team is now imminent," the statement said.
The UN team of about 10 experts assembled in The Hague since beginning of this month, they are tasked with investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflicts.
"As agreed with the government of Syria, the team will remain in the country to conduct its activities, including on-site visits, for a period of up to 14 days, extendable upon mutual consent," it said.