BERLIN – Syria has rendered its declared chemical weapons production facilities inoperable, the organization in charge of overseeing the nation’s chemical weapons disarmament said Thursday.
The declaration is a milestone in an unusual international undertaking that aims to completely destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal by the middle of next year, a far faster time frame than comparable efforts in other countries — and one that is being implemented in the middle of a brutal civil war.
Weapons inspectors “confirmed today that the government of the Syrian Arab Republic has completed the functional destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons production facilities and mixing/filling plants, rendering them inoperable,” the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement.
The Brussels-based organization is “satisfied that it has verified – and seen destroyed – all of Syria’s declared critical production and mixing/filling equipment,” the statement said.
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