NEW YORK (dpa) – The dismantling of 12 chemical weapons facilities operated by the Syrian government will begin later this month, a process is expected to be completed in the summer, the president of UN Security Council said Wednesday.
The 12 production facilities include five underground tunnels. A joint UN and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission was studying an additional facility, where ricin is produced and was not initially declared by the Syrian government, Gary Quinlan, the council’s president and Australian envoy told reporters at the United Nations in New York.
The removal of all 1,300 metric tons of chemical weapons declared by Damascus has been completed, while 98 per cent of them have already been destroyed overseas, including on US ships.
Quinlan called the complete removal of the chemical weapons from Syria a “fairly remarkable achievement,” but he cautioned that “significant work” remained before it becomes successful disarmament