OPCW updates NATO-Russia Council on destruction of chemical weapons in Syria

Sigrid Kaag, the special coordinator of the joint United Nations-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission in Syria, updated the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday regarding the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons and facilities.

Members of the NATO-Russia Council held a discussion with Kaag about eliminating chemical weapons stockpiles and dismantling production facilities in Syria, and said they were in full support of the UN-OPCW mission.

NRC discussed the financial, technical and in-kind assistance they are providing to the UN-OPCW effort, and thanked Kaag for the information, which showed how difficult the mission is.

NATO Secretary General Ander Fogh Rasmussen said the joint mission still needs international support and Syrian authorities' full compliance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2118.

Following investigation in Syria, the council resolution was unanimously adopted on Sept. 27. The resolution mandated that Syria disclose all chemical weapons stores and production facilities so the OPCW could dismantle them.

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, said passage of the resolution was "the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time."

The process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons stores and dismantling chemical weapon production facilities began on Oct. 6.