One Syria CW site remains to be verified

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says only one of the declared chemical weapons sites in Syria remains to be verified.

The site is one of two that could not be visited due to security reasons.

In October, the Hague-based international chemical weapons organization said it had seen 21 out of 23 sites declared by the Syrian government as chemical weapons sites.

On Thursday, the OPCW said in a statement that the verification of one of the two remaining sites “was conducted with the support of sealed cameras used by Syrian personnel as per the inspection team’s guidance.”

The verified site was in the northwestern city of Aleppo, which has been the scene of heavy clashes between foreign-backed militants and the Syrian army.

“The exact geographical location and the time of capture of the footage/images were fully authenticated,” the OPCW stated.

“As per the declaration by Syria, the site was confirmed as dismantled and long abandoned with the building showing extensive battle damage.”

A team of experts from the OPCW and the UN is in Syria to implement a UN resolution on eliminating the Syrian chemical arsenal. The United Nations Security Council approved the resolution on September 27.

According to the resolution, Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal must be eliminated by mid-2014.

By Press TV


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