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Video by Kyle G. Brown

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-31

Syria has destroyed all its declared facilities for producing chemical weapons before a November 1 deadline, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday, and chemicals have been placed under tamper-proof seal.

Syria has destroyed all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament programme, the international chemical weapons watchdog said in a document seen by Reuters.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in the document its teams had inspected 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across the country. The other two were too dangerous to inspect but the chemical equipment had already been moved to other sites which experts had visited, it said.

“The OPCW is satisfied it has verified, and seen destroyed, all declared critical production/mixing/filling equipment from all 23 sites,” the document said.

International inspectors put Syria's entire declared stock of over 1,000 tonnes of chemical weapons and agents under tamper-proof seal.

"All stocks of chemical weapons and agents have been placed under seals that are impossible to break," OPCW spokesman Christian Chartier told AFP, adding that the seals were "tamper proof".

"These are 1,000 tonnes of chemical agents (which can be used to make weapons) and 290 tonnes of chemical weapons," Chartier said.

"The weapons and agents remain at their respective sites, we're not yet at the stage of moving them," Chartier said.

Under a Russian-American brokered deal, Damascus agreed to destroy all its chemical weapons after Washington threatened to use force in response to the killing of hundreds of people in a sarin attack on the outskirts of Damascus on Aug. 21.

The United States and its allies blamed Assad’s forces for the attack and several earlier incidents. The Syrian president has rejected the charge, blaming rebel brigades.

Under the disarmament timetable, Syria was due to render unusable all production and chemical weapons filling facilities by Nov. 1 - a target it has now met. By mid-2014 it must have destroyed its entire stockpile of chemical weapons.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-10-31

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