The OPCW Releases Its Decision on the U.S.-Russia Program to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Friday September 27 marked a historic day for Syria’s chemical weapons program.  The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), responsible for implementing the UN’s Chemical Weapons Convention, issued its decision regarding the Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons.  The 41 member Executive Council of the OPCW released the report Decision:  The Russian Federation and the United States of America Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons, which recognized that al-Assad’s Government had supplied the OPCW with detailed information regarding its chemical weapons stockpiles and research and manufacturing facilities.  It called for OPCW inspections of the facilities disclosed by the Syrian government within 30 days.  The OPCW accepted Syria’s application to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria will enter into on October 14, 2013.  According to the decision, the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons will take place after this date.

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