Damascus gives green light to UN chemical arms probe

Syrian army soldiers are seen deployed in the Jobar neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria on Aug 24, 2013. Damascus on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013, gave the green light for United Nations inspectors to carry out an immediate probe into allegations of chemical we
Syrian army soldiers are seen deployed in the Jobar neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria on Aug 24, 2013. Damascus on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013, gave the green light for United Nations inspectors to carry out an immediate probe into allegations of chemical weapons use near the capital last week, Syria's foreign ministry said. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

DAMASCUS (AFP) - Damascus on Sunday gave the green light for United Nations inspectors to carry out an immediate probe into allegations of chemical weapons use near the capital last week, Syria's foreign ministry said.

"An agreement was concluded today (Sunday) in Damascus between the Syrian government and the United Nations during the visit of the UN high representative for disarmament, Angela Kane, to allow the UN team lead by professor Aake Sellstroem to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Damascus province," a ministry statement said.

The agreement "is effective immediately," it added.