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UN weapons inspectors begin their mission to dismantle Syria's chemical arsenal

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UN weapons inspectors begin their mission to dismantle Syria's chemical arsenal

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Day one of their mission overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and the United Nations inspectors said things had gone well.

With the process being conducted amid a civil war, the ability to carry it out will depend on the weapons experts being given safe passage to the locations where the arms are stored.

In an interview with German magazine Der Speigel, Syria’s President Bashar al Assad made assurances that there would be transparency and full cooperation given to the inspectors.

He also hinted that Germany could act as a mediator in the conflict and send envoys to negotiate a settlement.

However, the Syrian leader stipulated that the, rebels whom he described as terrorists, must lay down their arms before any talks could begin.