Exclusive: Syrian chemical weapons mission funded only until end of month




 
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November 5th, 2013  
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Topic: Exclusive: Syrian chemical weapons mission funded only until end of month


By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The international body tasked with ensuring Syria's chemical weapons are eliminated has enough money to fund its mission only until the end of this month, and needs more funds soon for the destruction of poison gas stocks next year. An official at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize last month, expressed confidence that governments would find more money to ensure the process does not lose momentum. The OPCW has so far raised about 10 million euros ($13.5 million) to inspect Syrian chemical weapons sites under a U.S.-Russian agreement reached in September. But it will need much more to destroy more than 1,000 tonnes of chemical weapons declared by Syria.




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