Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to meet on Syria

The headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says it will hold a meeting in the coming days to discuss a Russian-US plan over Syria’s chemical weapons.

OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan said the meeting would be held on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (0800 GMT).

The 41-member OPCW Executive Council is set to talk about the plan, which was agreed upon on September 14 after three days of talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons stockpile.

The OPCW is tasked with implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Syria has agreed to join.

The OPCW Executive Council is comprised of ambassadors from different countries with diplomatic representations in The Hague.

Based on the plan, the Syrian government is expected to give a list of its chemical weapons and facilities by Saturday. The stockpile will be eliminated by mid-2014.

On September 18, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his decision to destroy the chemical weapons arsenal was the result of Russia’s proposal and had nothing to do with the US threat of war against his country.

President Assad said, “Syria never obeyed any threat. We actually responded to the Russian initiative and to our needs and to our conviction.”

On the same day Sergei Lavrov said Moscow has “plenty of data” proving that the foreign-backed opposition regularly seeks to provoke foreign countries to attack Syria.

The United States and its allies have accused Syria of being responsible for a fatal chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21.

Syria categorically rejects the allegation, saying the attack was carried out by the foreign-backed militants to draw in military intervention.

By Press TV


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