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Syria: OPCW chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Damascus00:33

Syria: OPCW chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Damascus

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
October 1, 2013 at 13:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syria: OPCW chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Damascus

A team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Damascus on Tuesday. The 20-strong team of scientists and engineers will oversee the inspection of the country's existing stockpile of chemical weapons.

In a special session on September 27 the OPCW agreed on a programme that aims the complete elimination of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. The OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and is based in The Hague.

The OPCW visit comes just after UN weapons inspectors left Syria on Monday. The UN inspectors wrapped up their investigation into alleged chemical attacks in the Damascus district of Ghouta on August 21. The United States and Russia agreed on a draft UN Security Council resolution on September 26, outlining Syria's obligation to give up its chemical weapons stockpile.

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Syria: OPCW chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Damascus

A team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Damascus on Tuesday. The 20-strong team of scientists and engineers will oversee the inspection of the country's existing stockpile of chemical weapons.

In a special session on September 27 the OPCW agreed on a programme that aims the complete elimination of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. The OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and is based in The Hague.

The OPCW visit comes just after UN weapons inspectors left Syria on Monday. The UN inspectors wrapped up their investigation into alleged chemical attacks in the Damascus district of Ghouta on August 21. The United States and Russia agreed on a draft UN Security Council resolution on September 26, outlining Syria's obligation to give up its chemical weapons stockpile.