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Syria has given chemical weapons details to watchdog
September 20, 2013 / 1:12 PM / 4 years ago

Syria has given chemical weapons details to watchdog

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Syria has submitted details of its chemical weapons to Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, the organisation told Reuters on Friday.

A U.N. chemical weapons expert (2nd L) takes a picture of a person affected by an apparent gas attack, at a hospital where she is being treated , in the Damascus suburb of Zamalka August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abdullah

Syria is believed to possess around 1,000 tonnes of chemical toxins, and has agreed to destroy them under a joint Russian-U.S. proposal designed to avert a U.S. strike on Syria.

“We have received part of the verification and we expect more,” an OPCW spokesman said.

A U.N. diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the details had been submitted, saying: “It’s quite long ... and being translated.”

The organisation’s core members are due to vote - probably next week - on a plan aimed at fast-tracking the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpiles by mid-2014.

The plan has emerged from a U.S. threat to attack Syria and a burst of international diplomacy after a poison gas attack killed hundreds of civilians on the outskirts of Damascus last month.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch in The Hague, additional reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Sara Webb and Kevin Liffey

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