Destruction of Syria weapons facilities to begin

AP News
Posted: Oct 01, 2014 11:25 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The director of the organization tasked with dismantling Syria's chemical weapons facilities says the work is expected to begin this month, and the first of the 12 facilities should be destroyed by the end of November.

The report by the director of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been sent to the U.N. Security Council.

The council united last year to approve the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program, a deal reached under threat of U.S. airstrikes.

The joint U.N.-OPCW mission has said the removal of Syria's declared chemical weapons is complete, and they are now being destroyed.

Ahmet Uzumcu of the OPCW says if explosives for a controlled detonation and contracts for services are supplied in time, work on destroying Syria's facilities will begin this month.