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Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW confirms 12 more inspectors will be sent to Syria


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Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW confirms 12 more inspectors will be sent to Syria

The head of the the global chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed they will be sending 12 more inspectors to Syria.

Ahmet Uzumcu, Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told a news conference in the Hague there had been a positive start to the mission.

“The cooperation has been quite constructive and I would say that the Syrian authorities have been cooperative. If some temporary ceasefire could be established in order to permit our experts to work in a permissive environment, I think that the target could be reached,” Uzumcu said.

The target is the destruction of all of the Syrian government’s chemical production and mixing materials by the 1st November.

Under a Russian-US deal brokered last month, Syria must destroy its entire chemical weapons programme by the end of June 2014.

Inspectors have visited just one site so far and have another 20 to cover in the coming days and weeks. The OPCW says the scale of the mission is huge.

Meanwhile, the UN has warned that the inspectors face “unprecedented danger” in the year ahead.

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