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Syria Submits Chemical Weapons Program Outline

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Posted on Sep 21, 2013
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Bashar Assad’s government sent an inventory of the scope and sites of its chemical weapons program Friday to the agency tasked with overseeing the arms’ dismantling as part of a recently agreed upon U.S.-Russia plan.

The proposed timeline calls for Syria’s chemical weapons production, mixing and filling facilities to be destroyed by November and for the entire arsenal to be demolished by June. The schedule would be uncommonly fast work by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, whose inspectors will be doing their job in a war zone.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

The Wall Street Journal:

After the OPCW approves a timeline, its decision is expected to be reinforced by a United Nations Security Council resolution.

The organization said it wouldn’t reveal the contents of Syria’s report on Friday.

U.S. officials said they would evaluate the documents to see if they provide a full disclosure and advance the process of destroying the arsenal, but wouldn’t insist on fixed deadlines as they wait for international agencies and inspectors. The 41 countries on the OPCW’s executive committee are working to agree on a timeline and other details before they convene.

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