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Syria destroys all CW installations: OPCW

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says Syria has destroyed all its declared chemical weapons installations.

The international chemical weapons watchdog made the statement in a document obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

According to the document, Syria has completed the destruction of equipment for producing chemical arms, meeting a deadline set for its disarmament program.

“The OPCW is satisfied it has verified, and seen destroyed, all declared critical production/mixing/filling equipment from all 23 sites,” the document said.

A team of experts from the Hague-based OPCW and the UN is in Syria to implement a UN resolution on scrapping the Syrian chemical arsenal. The United Nations Security Council approved the resolution on September 27.

The team had until November 1 to inspect the chemical weapons arsenal declared by the Syrian government and keep a tab on the destruction of the related facilities.

The OPCW also said in a statement issued on Sunday that Syria had submitted a detailed plan to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal.

It provided “the basis on which plans are devised for a systematic, total and verified destruction of declared chemical weapons and production facilities,” the organization said.

On October 22, Sigrid Kaag, the head of the joint OPCW and UN team said, “To date, the government of Syria has fully cooperated in supporting the work of the advance team and the OPCW-UN joint mission… There is continuous strong cooperation, which the Secretary General and the Director General of the OPCW have also confirmed in recent statements.”

On September 14, Russia and the United States agreed on a deal according to which Syria would have its chemical weapons eliminated and the US would in return not carry out planned strikes on the Arab country.

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of having launched a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

Damascus vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.

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