Syria chemical arsenal ‘unweaponized’.
Posted on 27th September 2013. Find Article Here:-
A report says Russian and US officials assess that Syria’s chemical agents arsenal is mostly ‘unweaponized,’ enabling a faster removal of the stockpile than previously thought. On Thursday, the Washington Post cited a confidential assessment carried out by Washington and Moscow as saying that Russian and US officials believe Syria’s entire chemical arsenal could be dismantled in a nine-month time span.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on September 21 that it started examining Syria’s “initial declaration” of chemical weapons. The Hague-based body is tasked with implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CW).
On September 14, the United States and Russia reached an agreement in Geneva on a framework that will see the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014. The deal was reached after Russia offered Syria to put its chemical weapons arsenal under international control and Damascus accepted the proposal.