UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that UN inspectors needed four days in total to conclude a probe into chemical weapons use in Syria.
"My mandate and my responsibility at this time is to conduct a thorough and complete investigation," Ban told reporters in The Hague.
"Let them (inspectors) conclude their work for four days," he said.
The UN chief added that the team's findings would then be analysed and the result sent to the UN Security Council for "any action they would deem to take".
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said later that Ban was referring to a total of four days. This suggests that the inspectors, who began their probe of the alleged chemical weapons site Monday but whose work was suspended on Tuesday, needed at least until Friday to complete their work.
Ban's comments came as the United States and its allies were building their case for military action against the Syrian regime over the alleged chemical weapons attacks.