OPCW prepares to rid Syria of chemical weapons

A recent United Nations investigation of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria confirmed the weapons' use and called the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to act immediately.

The U.N. announced the results of the investigation on Monday. As a result, the Chemical Weapons Convention will enter into force in Syria on October 14, making Syria the 190th Member State of the OPCW.

"(The use of chemical weapons in Syria) is a tragic development that I condemn strongly," OPCW Director-General Ahmet uzumcu said. "This clearly makes it all the more important to ensure that the program for chemical demilitarization in Syria succeeds."

Syria has announced its intention to eliminate all chemical weapons in the nation in a matter of days. It is expected to provide a complete inventory of its chemical weapon stockpiles, production facilities and all related materials to the OPCW.

The OPCW will verify the report by conducting on-site inspections and creating arrangements to see to it the stockpiles are destroyed. The Executive Council of the OPCW will soon meet to discuss the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria.

"I am aware of the onerous responsibility that the international community is placing on our shoulders," uzumcu said. "I and my team approach this with a sense of destiny because so much is at stake. We will bring to bear on this mission our full energies and commitment, and I have every confidence that the international community will support us fully."