Syria completes destruction of chemical weapons production facilities and mixing plants

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OPCW headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands

The government of Syria has completed the destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared production facilities for chemical weapons.

That's according to the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations monitoring these activities.

It says Syria's declared chemical weapons production facilities as well as mixing and filling plants have been rendered inoperable.

The mission says by doing so, Syria has met the deadline of November 1 set by the OPCW Executive Council to complete this task.

The Joint OPCW-UN Mission says it has inspected 21 of the 23 sites declared by Syria, and 39 of the 41 facilities located at those sites.

It points out that that two remaining sites were not visited due to safety and security concerns.

But, the mission adds, Syria declared those sites as abandoned and that the chemical weapons programme items they contained were moved to other declared sites, which were inspected.

The Joint Mission says it is now satisfied that it has verified and seen destroyed all of Syria's declared critical production and mixing /filling equipment.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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