Panel named to investigate substance found at UNHQ

On Friday, the UN spokesperson announced the composition of “the fact-finding panel that will be tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a substance [emphasis added – latest reports suggest it was not a dangeous substance, but can we really believe this?] at UNMOVIC premises two weeks ago. The panel will have three members. They are Dr. Stefan Mogl, who is the head of Chemistry at Switzerland’s SPIEZ national laboratory. He previously headed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ laboratory. Dr. Susan Brown is the Director of the High Performance Computing Outreach Centre at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. She’s a chemical engineering and energy technology expert who served in Iraq with the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) in the 1990s. Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security David Veness will also serve on the panel. The panel, which will act under the direction of Mr. Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet, is expected to meet for the first time next week. It will be tasked with ascertaining the circumstances under which the substances in question were brought to UN Headquarters, the reasons why the items were discovered only recently, and safety procedures in place and the extent to which they were followed. The panel will be requested to deliver a report to the Secretary-General by the end of October”.
UN news report here.

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