Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia’s deputy foreign minister says Syria has planned to
remove a large shipment of toxic chemical agents this month.
“Literally yesterday the Syrians announced that the removal of a large shipment of
chemical substances is planned in February,” Gennady Gatilov said on Tuesday.
“They are ready to complete this process by March 1,” the Russian official added.
On September 14, 2013, Russia and the United States agreed on a deal according to
which Syria would see its chemical weapons eliminated and the US would in return not
follow through planned military action against the country.
Under the deal, supervised by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons (OPCW), Nordic vessels are set to collect the chemicals from the port city
of Latakia and take them to a port in Italy, where they will be loaded onto a US ship
In late October, Damascus destroyed its critical chemical weapons production
equipment, meeting a November 1 deadline set by the OPCW Executive Council. The
UN-mandated disarmament operation is due to be completed by the middle of 2014.
The US administration, however, has accused the Syrian government of dragging its
feet in the effort to eliminate the chemical weapons stockpile.
Russia has rejected the charges by Washington, saying a June 30 deadline to destroy
Syria’s arsenal of toxic agents remains viable despite delays.The Russian Foreign
Ministry has said that the delays are due to security problems on the road to Latakia
and insufficient technical support.
Source: Islam Times
Newscast Media THE HAGUE—Syria has completed the destruction of all of its
chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, the Organization for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday.
The OPCW, on a joint mission in Syria with the United Nations, confirmed that Syria
had destroyed critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons production
facilities and plants.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the OPCW said Syria had met the deadline set by
the OPCW Executive Council to “complete as soon as possible and in any case not
later than November 1, 2013, the destruction of chemical weapons production
equipments, including mixing and filling equipment.”
A group of eight inspectors, who had been conducting verification work in Damascus
since Oct. 1, returned to the OPCW headquarters in The Hague.
The OPCW said it had inspected 21 of the 23 sites declared by Syria, and 39 of the
41 facilities located at those sites. The two remaining sites were too dangerous to
visit, but according to Syria, the chemical weapons equipment at these sites were
moved to other declared sites, which were inspected.
The next deadline is Nov. 15 when the UN Executive Council is to adopt a detailed
plan of destruction submitted by Syria to destroy the country’s more than 1,000 tons
of chemical weapons by mid-2014.