Damascus, Syria

6 October 2013

Note to Correspondents: Syria Chemical Weapons Destruction Begins

Press release by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
and the United Nations

The process of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons programme began today.
Under the supervision of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons, supported by the United Nations, Syrian personnel used
cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy or disable a range of items.
This included missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing and filling
equipment. The process will continue in the coming days.

International inspectors from the OPCW supported by a team from the UN are
monitoring, verifying and reporting on Syria’s compliance with
international demands to destroy chemical weapons stockpiles and production

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