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New chemical arms inspectors arrive in Syria

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A second team of international chemical weapons inspectors has joined a mission already in Syria, as part of an agreement to eliminate the Syrian chemical arms.

The group includes inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations.

Earlier in the day, a spokesman for the team said that the inspectors had so far visited three sites across Syria.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government says that a ceasefire should be put in place between the foreign-backed militants operating in the country and the Syrian army in order for the inspectors to be able to access some of the sites.

Reports say that 27 inspectors are scheduled to visit more than 20 different sites. The sites reportedly include areas held by the militants.

OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu has praised Syria’s cooperation with the team of inspectors.

“The cooperation has been quite constructive and I would say the Syrian authorities have been cooperative,” the OPCW director general stated during a news conference on October 9.
On September 14, Russia and the United States agreed on a deal, according to which Syria would have its chemical weapons stockpiles eliminated by 2014 and the US would in return not carry out planned strikes on the country.

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