Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons begins

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The OPCW Inspection Team leaving for Syria on 30 September

The process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons programme began on Sunday, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The work is in compliance with a resolution unanimously adopted by the Security Council last month demanding the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles and production facilities.

OPCW says its international inspectors supported by a team from the UN are monitoring, verifying and reporting on Syria's compliance with this demand.

The agency says that on Sunday Syrian personnel used cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy or disable a range of items, including missile warheads, aerial bombs as well as mixing and filling equipment.

OPCW says the process will continue in the coming days.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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