Syria renders chemical weapons facilities inoperable by deadline

Syria's chemical weapons facilities were rendered inoperable before Friday's deadline, the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations said on Thursday.

The mission confirmed that Syria met the deadline to complete the destruction of chemical weapons production and mixing/filling equipment. The mission is overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program.

"The joint mission is now satisfied that it has verified - and seen destroyed - all of Syria's declared critical production and mixing/filling equipment," the OPCW-U.N. team said. "No further inspection activities are currently planned."

The Joint OPCW-U.N. Mission inspected 21 of the 23 sites declared by Syria and 39 of the 41 facilities located at the sites. The two remaining sites were not inspected due to security and safety concerns. Damascus declared the two sites abandoned.

After nearly a monthly in Damascus, eight of the OPCW inspectors returned from Syria to the Hague on Thursday. Ahmet uzumcu, the director-general of the OPCW, thanked the inspectors for their outstanding service in the organization's most challenging mission to date.

The next milestone for the mission comes on November 15. By that time, the OPCW must approve a plan submitted by Damascus detailing the elimination of Syria chemical weapons stockpile.