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Syria crisis: Chemical watchdog urges truce to destroy chemical weapons

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 21:20

Zee Media Bureau

Damascus: To be able to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons within the given deadline, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCPW) has urged "temporary" truce between the Bashar al-Assad government and Syrian rebels on Wednesday.

The chemical watchdog OCPW said that it would be possible to meet the "tight deadline" for destroying the chemical weapons if both the sides agree to the truce.

The head of OCPW, Ahmet Uzumcu, today called for a "temporary ceasefires" so that the inspectors can reach the scheduled 20 target sites. So far, the inspectors have been able to reach only one site, he said.

He also said that the Syrian government is cooperating with the international team.

The second team of the UN experts is also expected to reach Syria today to expedite the chemical disarmament mission.

The OPCW is entitled with the task of overseeing the entire chemical arms dismantling process by mid of next year.

The mission to destroy Syria chemical stockpile is being implemented according to a joint US-Russia plan which proposed that Syria must allow the international experts to access all the storage and production sites of chemical weapons and comply with the plan so that by mid-2014, the destruction process ends successfully.

First Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 20:38
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