Watchdog says it will move swiftly to rid Syria of chemical weapons stockpile
A safety vehicle passes a compound filled with 170-gallon containers of mustard and blister agent at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Tooele, Utah in this April 30, 2001 file photo shows. (AP / Douglas C. Pizac)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, September 16, 2013 2:24PM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The head of the chemical weapons watchdog says the organization will move swiftly to help eliminate Syria's chemical weapon stockpile.
Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ahmet Uzumcu made the pledge Monday after UN inspectors reported finding "clear and convincing evidence" chemical weapons were used in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.
Syria agreed to join the Hague-based organization last week in a deal brokered by the United States and Russia.
Uzumcu says the Chemical Weapons Convention goes into force in Syria on Oct. 14, and Damascus will quickly provide the OPCW with "a complete inventory of its chemical weapons" and production facilities.
The organization will inspect production and storage sites and help secure them ahead of the weapons' destruction.