Syria submits chemical data to watchdog

September 21, 2013 4:12 am


Bombed Syria/FILE
Bombed Syria/FILE
DAMASCUS, Sept 21 – Syria has begun supplying details of its chemical arsenal, the world’s chemical weapons watchdog said on Friday, as rebels agreed a truce with jihadists in a key border town.

A senior Syrian official, meanwhile, said Damascus wanted a ceasefire in the 30-month war, which has reportedly killed more than 110,000 people and forced more than two million to flee.

Ahead of Saturday’s deadline for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to provide details on its arsenal, the Hague-based group tasked with dismantling the arms said it has received an initial report.

“The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has received an initial disclosure from the Syrian government of its chemical weapons programme,” an OPCW statement said.

Its Technical Secretariat is now examining the details, it said.

A UN diplomat said the OPCW had received the Syrian declaration on Thursday. “It is quite lengthy,” he said.

The organisation has postponed a meeting of its Executive Council set for Sunday that had been due to discuss how to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons programme.

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