Chemical weapons regulator says Syria requests assistance

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Posted: Sep 13, 2013 11:28 AM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Friday that Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, had contacted it with a request for technical assistance.

Syria became a full member of the global anti-chemical weapons treaty on Thursday, the country's U.N. envoy said, a move that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had promised as part of a Russian plan to avoid U.S. strikes.

(Reporting by Sara Webb; editing by Andrew Roche)