Syria gives details on chemicals

Syria gives details on chemicals

Syria has submitted details of its chemical weapons to The Hague-based chemical weapons regulator, the organization told Reuters on Sept. 20.

Syria is believed to have around 1,000 metric tons of chemical toxins and has agreed to destroy them under a joint Russian-U.S. proposal.

A United Nations diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the details had been submitted, saying: “It’s quite long ... and being translated.”

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

The plan has emerged from a a United States threat to attack Syria and a burst of international diplomacy after a poison gas attack killed hundreds of civilians on the outskirts of Damascus last month.