Latest News Syria: Syria destroyed chemical weapons production

Oct 31, 2013


The Hague/Beijing (SANA) - Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday said that Syria has destroyed all production and mixing equipment of the declared chemical weapons facilities within the time limit set for eliminating the chemical weapons.

OPWC teams inspected 21 sites out of 23 of chemical weapons sites all over the country, the organization said in a document seen by Reuters.

The Organization clarified that the other two sites cannot be checked but their equipment were transferred into other sites where they were inspected.

OPWC said it made sure that production, mixing and filling facilities and equipment of the 23 announced sites were destroyed.

Last week, the organization stressed that Syria was committed to the time limit set for getting rid of the chemical weapons.

In Washington, the U.S. expressed confidence in the possibility of respecting the specified time limits to eliminate the chemical weapons in Syria, which means in June 2014, said Thomas Countryman, the Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation. 

United Nations:  OPCW-UN Joint mission  coordinates efforts with Russia

The UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, said on Thursday that the coordinator of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( OPCW)-UN mission to Syria, Sigrid Kaag, intends to coordinate efforts with Russia to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons.

Russia Today website quoted Nesirky as saying in a statement that the aim of Kaag visit to Moscow is to coordinate the efforts with Russia, an important country that has large experience in eliminating  chemical weapons.

In a statement last week, Kaag affirmed that the Syrian government is completely cooperating with the experts’ team,  appreciating the Syrian government and people for this cooperation.

Chinese experts will participate in OPCW mission in Syria

In the same context, Chinese Defense Ministry announced Thursday that two Chinese army experts will participate in the mission of destroying the chemical weapons in Syria.

The Ministry’s spokesman Yang Yujun said the Ministry will send two Chinese experts to the headquarters of the OPCW upon the latter’s invitation, who will then head to Syria to join the mission.

Quoted by the Chinese Xinhua news agency, Yang noted that the Chinese army will provide assistance to the mission within its capabilities and that this assistance will be subject to the arrangements set by the Chinese government.

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