UN panel approves long-term plan to destroy Syrian weapons
The UN Security Council Friday gave approval to the long-term programme to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, setting up a joint mission between the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to carry out the task, dpa reported.
In a letter sent Friday to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the council approved plans presented by Ban earlier in the week to set up the joint mission that is to destroy chemical weapon stores and production in Syria.
"I am very pleased that the Security Council has moved so quickly on my recommendation for a joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations," Ban said in a statement. "We have a very tight deadline but the United Nations is committed to work closely with the OPCW to get the job done."