UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council has authorized a joint mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations to destroy Syria's chemical weapons — a necessary final step for the dangerous and unprecedented project.
The council president, Azerbaijan's U.N. Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev, gave the authorization in a letter to the secretary-general Friday morning, obtained by The Associated Press.
The council also gave a green light to the proposal outlined by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a letter to the council on Monday to establish a U.N.-OPCW mission, with approximately 100 staff, to carry out the destruction in three phases by mid-2014.
Earlier Friday, the OPCW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to destroy chemical weapons, including Syria's stockpiles of nerve gas.