Syria discloses chemical weapons stockpile details -watchdog

Syria discloses chemical weapons stockpile details -watchdog
Free Syrian Army fighters look out of a hole in a wall in Ashrafieh, Aleppo September 20, 2013.

AMSTERDAM - Syria has disclosed the information on its chemical weapons programme that was expected under an agreed Saturday deadline, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said.

The disclosure is a crucial stage in the process that should lead to the weapons' destruction. Syria is believed to possess about 1,000 tonnes of toxins, and has agreed to destroy them under a joint Russian-US proposal designed to avert a US military strike on Syria.

"The Technical Secretariat is currently reviewing the information received," a statement on the OPCW website said.

The chemical weapons watchdog's core members are due to vote - probably next week - on a plan aimed at fast-tracking the destruction of Syria's stockpiles of chemical arms by mid-2014.

The plan emerged after a US threat to attack Syria and intense international diplomacy after a poison gas attack killed hundreds of civilians on the outskirts of Damascus last month.

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