Syria chemical weapons plan to begin `in days`: Monitoring body

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 09:44

The Hague: A US and Russian-inked programme to destroy Syria`s chemical weapons should begin "in a matter of days," the watchdog tasked with implementing the plan said on Monday.

"It is envisaged... That the programme to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria will be initiated in a matter of days," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement.

The Hague-based OPCW said that its experts "are already at work preparing a roadmap that anticipates the various challenges involved in verifying Syria`s declared stockpiles."

The plan was thrashed out by Russia and the United States in Geneva at the weekend to avert US-led military strikes on Syria, which is accused by Washington of having killed hundreds of people in a poison gas attack near Damascus on August 21.

President Bashar al-Assad`s regime is to provide "on an expeditious basis" a complete inventory of its chemical weapons, production facilities, and "related materials" to the OPCW.

OPCW experts "will verify the accuracy of this disclosure with on-site inspections, and will also assist in putting into place arrangements to keep the warfare materials and the relevant facilities secure until their destruction."

AFP



First Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 09:44

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