U.N. and OPCW prepare for further onsite inspections in Syria

The U.N. said on Friday that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is reviewing additional information received from Syria about the country's chemical weapons stockpile.

U.N. spokesperson Martin Nesirky said that the OPCW Technical Secretariat received information additional to the disclosure Syria submitted on its chemical weapons program on September 21. Nesirky said the documents require further analysis and that there are remaining questions for Syria to answer on the matter.

The joint U.N. and OPCW team planned to start disabling equipment within the next week, but the timing of the inspections would depend on the outcome of technical groups established with the participation of Syrian experts. The groups are working on security, logistics and field support. In particular, the groups will verify the information provided by the Syrian government, the security and safety of the inspection teams and practical arrangements for implementing the plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons equipment and material by the middle of next year.

On September 27, the OPCW Executive Council established special procedures to expeditiously destroy the chemical weapons program and stringently verify the destruction. Later that day, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2118, which called for the implementation of the procedures developed by the OPCW.