U.S. provides $2 million to OPCW for Syria

The U.S. provided $2 million in initial funding to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for monitoring and verification of Syria's chemical arsenal, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement as part of a daily press briefing on Monday. Psaki said the U.S. allocated the funds prior to decisions made on Friday by the OPCW and the U.N. Security Council.

"We clearly want to see this mission succeed in a transparent and effective manner and as rapidly as possible," Psaki said. "When we're reaching out to international partners, as we speak, asking them to consider what more they can do to support, and we are prepared to provide more support as the process goes forward. But I don't have a prediction of the amount at this point."

When asked about reports that Syria's recent chemical weapons disclosure fell short of the U.S. count, Psaki said the U.S. and other member states would review the assessment going forward.

"I would point you to the fact that the formal Syrian CW declaration is due to the OPCW on October 27," Psaki said. "It was just formally made available today, so that's obviously something that member-states will be reviewing, I'm sure, in the days ahead."