DAMASCUS: Syria has so far “fully cooperated” in destroying its massive chemical arsenal, the chief of the joint Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and United Nations mission said Monday.
“To date, the government of Syria has fully cooperated in supporting the work of the advance team and the OPCW-U.N. joint mission,” mission chief Sigfrid Kaag said in Damascus.
Kaag said that “by joining the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Syrian government has indicated its commitment to the task” of destroying it arsenal.
A team of U.N.-OPCW inspectors arrived in Syria on Oct. 1 to oversee the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2118, which orders the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and production facilities by mid-2014.
“The time frames are challenging given the goal of the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons program in the first half of 2014,” Kaag said in a statement.
The Security Council passed its resolution after hundreds of people were killed in sarin gas attacks on the outskirts of Damascus on Aug. 21.