Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament program, the international chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which won the Nobel Peace prize this month, said its teams had inspected 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across the country. The other two were too dangerous to inspect, but the chemical equipment had already been moved to other sites that experts had visited, it said.
Under the terms of a disarmament agreement reached earlier this year, the Syrian government has until Nov. 15 to present a “detailed plan of destruction” for the roughly 1,000 metric tons of chemical agents and munitions found in or recovered from 23 different production facilities.
15:45 // 1 month ago
Syria has begun sending details of its chemical weapons as part of a US-Russia brokered deal to make them safe, the chemical arms watchdog has said.
The Hague-based OPCW added that it expected more details from Syria in the coming days and had postponed a meeting planned for Sunday.
Syria was given a Saturday deadline to give a full list of its chemical arms.
The OPCW, by the way, stands for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
15:51 // 2 months ago