Russia said Monday that Syrian authorities have created all conditions for the normal work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons experts in Syria’s Douma.
Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Gennady Gatilov insisted that the safety of the OPCW expert is being ensured in the Syrian town.
“OPCW experts are currently on site to determine the truth. The Syrian authorities and representatives of the Russian military police are supporting them in every way. All conditions for them to work normally were created. First of all, from the point of view of ensuring their safety,” Gatilov told reporters.
The Russian envoy meanwhile said that the possible transfer of the talks on Syria under the UN aegis from Geneva to Vienna is not under consideration at present.
“Geneva remains the host of intra-Syrian talks. It would be logical to keep the negotiation process in this format… In any case, there is no talk about the transfer of the negotiation platform from Geneva to Vienna,” Gatilov told reporters in Geneva.
Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl earlier proposed Vienna as an alternative host for the Syrian peace talks, which are being held in Geneva under the aegis of the United Nations.
According to Kneissl, Austria could also assume the role of a mediator in the Syrian conflict settlement, if it receives the appropriate mandate.