The global chemical weapons watchdog has started examining Syria’s chemical arsenal supplied by the regime, amidst reports of rebels agreeing to a truce with the jihadists in a key town.
China has urged a quick execution of the US-Russian deal to destroy Syria’s chemical stockpile, as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) entrusted with dismantling the weapons says that it has got an initial report from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime on the arsenal.
In New York, UN envoys are to to resume talks on a draft Security Council resolution that would include a plan to neutralise the lethal weapons. The 30-month civil war has killed more than 110,000 people and forced more than two million to flee.
The US-Russian plan on chemical arms has helped prevent US-led military action following a chemical attack last month that had killed thousands for which Washington blames the Assad regime.