Syria submits chemical weapons destruction plan

A team of international investigators says Syria has submitted a detailed plan to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal.

The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement issued on Sunday that the declaration was submitted three days ahead of schedule.

It provided “the basis on which plans are devised for a systematic, total and verified destruction of declared chemical weapons and production facilities”, the group said.

The declaration includes a general plan of destruction to be considered by the OPCW Executive Council.

The OPCW team has until November 1 to inspect chemical weapons sites declared by Syria and to destroy or render unusable all chemical agent production and weapon filling facilities.

The expert team in Syria is implementing a UN resolution on scrapping the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal. The United Nations Security Council approved the resolution on September 27.

On September 14, Russia and the United States agreed on a deal according to which Syria would have its chemical weapons eliminated and the US would in return not carry out planned strikes on the Arab country.

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million others displaced due to the violence.

By Press TV


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