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OPCW completes first round of verification activities in Syria

28 October 2013 - As of 27 October 2013, inspectors of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria completed verification activities at 21 of the 23 chemical weapons related sites declared by Syria.

The two remaining sites have not been visited due to security reasons. Efforts by the Joint Mission to ensure the conditions necessary for safe access to those sites will continue.

Syria submitted a formal declaration of its chemical weapons programme three days ahead of the 27 October deadline, together with a general plan of destruction, for consideration by the OPCW Executive Council.  

The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria was established to achieve the timely elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme in the safest and most secure manner possible.

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