Syria submits initial disclosure of chemical weapons stockpile to international watchdog

Johannesburg, Sept. 21 (ANI): Syria has reportedly handed over an initial declaration of its chemical weapons stockpile to the international chemical watchdog.

A spokesman for the United Nations-backed Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Michael Luhan was quoted by News24, as saying more details about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons programme are expected within the next two days.

The international chemical weapons watchdog has been tasked with dismantling al-Assad's chemical weapons arsenal from Syria, as part of the United States-Russian plan aimed at preventing American military airstrikes on the crisis-hit nation, the report added.

According to the report, the information submitted by Syria is now being reviewed by the OPCW's Technical Secretariat.

The group's executive council has postponed a meeting, which was due at The Hague, Netherlands on Sunday to discuss how to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons programme.

Luhan said they needed more time to review Syria's chemical weapons disclosure before agreeing to put in place a framework for the U.S.-Russia plan. (ANI)

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