UN and Chemical Watchdog to Destroy Syrian Weapons
By EDITH M. LEDERER
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is recommending that approximately 100 people from the United Nations and the world’s chemical weapons watchdog agency be part of a joint mission to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposed in a letter to the U.N. Security Council circulated Monday night and obtained by The Associated Press that a joint mission be established with the U.N. providing logistics, communications and coordination with the Syrian government and rebel groups, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons conducting technical consultations, verification and inspections.
The 11-page letter was a response to last month’s council resolution ordering Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile to be secured and destroyed, and asking the U.N. chief to submit recommendations within 10 days on the U.N. role in their elimination.