Chemical weapons watchdog verifies previously inaccessible Syrian site: document




 
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November 7th, 2013  
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Topic: Chemical weapons watchdog verifies previously inaccessible Syrian site: document


By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Global chemical weapons watchdog inspectors using footage from sealed cameras have verified one of two remaining sites declared by Syria, according to a draft document from the organization seen by Reuters on Thursday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, had already verified 21 out of 23 sites declared to the agency last month. "As per the declaration by Syria, the site was confirmed as dismantled and long abandoned with the building showing extensive battle damage." Syria has proposed destroying its stockpile outside the country because of ongoing fighting. The progress comes after the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, suggested on Tuesday that the government of President Bashar al-Assad may not have disclosed its entire chemical weapons program to the OPCW.




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