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UN to send more weapons inspectors to Syria to destroy chemical stockpiles

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UN to send more weapons inspectors to Syria to destroy chemical stockpiles

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More inspectors will be sent to Syria to help destroy stocks of chemical weapons.

Syria has already begun destroying its chemical arsenal and production facilities. It has been given until the end of June 2014 to complete it.

In Damscus, newspaper headlines declared Syria would stay strong, and that the only reason for destroying chemical materials was to ensure peace in the region.

Local people had mixed reactions to the inspectors’ presence. One man said:“I found it a very positive step, a good and a suitable one for our country. I wish all these problems would be solved once and for all.”

Another man added: “We, as Arabs, want the Middle East to be empty of chemical and even nuclear weapons, starting with Israel.”

Syrian politicians say the government’s chemical weapons have now become a burden on the state rather than working as a defence strategy.