October 6th, 2013 20:49 EST
UN Begins To Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons
A joint team of United Nations and international inspectors today began to oversee the process of dismantling and destroying Syria`s chemical weapons production programme, it was announced.
The team oversaw Syrian personnel who used cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy or disable a range of items, including missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing and filling equipment, " the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a press release.
International inspectors from the OPCW supported by a team from the UN are monitoring, verifying and reporting on Syria`s compliance with international demands to destroy chemical weapons stockpiles and production facilities.
The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution in September calling for the speedy implementation of procedures drawn up by the OPCW for the expeditious destruction of the Syrian Arab Republic`s chemical weapons programme and stringent verification thereof. "
In the text, the 15-member Council underscored that no party in Syria should use, develop, produce, acquire, stockpile, retain, or transfer chemical weapons. "
OPCW and the UN have said that in discussion with authorities, the team stressed that the onus was on the Syrian Government to meet the verification and distribution deadlines " with technical support from the joint mission to meet those obligations.
The destruction process will continue in the coming days, OPCW said.
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