Arms experts see Syria progress, with on-site inspections soonInternational experts preparing to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal have said they have made "encouraging" progress and expect to carry out on-site inspections within days.
UN Security Council Resolution 2118 was
passed after gas attacks outside Damascus killed hundreds in August, an atrocity that prompted the US to threaten military strikes on Syria and later led to a rare US-Russian
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations
said on Thursday the inspectors, who arrived on Tuesday, had made "encouraging initial
progress" following a day of meetings with Syrian authorities.
"Documents handed over yesterday by the Syrian government look promising,
according to team members, but further analysis, particularly of technical diagrams, will
be necessary and some more questions remain to be answered," it said.
The team said it hopes to begin on-site inspections and the initial disabling of
equipment "within the next week".
Nine experts, part of a 19-member team from The Hague-based OPCW, earlier left their Damascus hotel in three cars, heading for an unknown destination. - AFP [ Photo: Reuters/ Khaled al-Hariri]