Chemical weapons watchdog unable to get to two Syrian sites

By REUTERS
October 28, 2013 18:34

AMSTERDAM - Safety concerns have prevented inspectors from a global chemical weapons watchdog from reaching two of the 23 sites declared by Syria as part of an agreement to destroy its toxic arsenal, the organization said on Monday.

The Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had verified 21 sites up to Oct. 27, the deadline agreed as part of Syria's destruction program.

"The two remaining sites have not been visited due to security reasons," the OPCW, which won the Nobel Peace prize this month, said in a statement.

Visiting the sites has posed serious dangers for the inspectors with fighting continuing to rage in a 2-1/2 year civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people.

"Efforts by the Joint Mission (with the UN) to ensure the conditions necessary for safe access to those sites will continue," the statement said.


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