Chemical experts verify 18 of Syria's 23 disclosed chemical sites
The chemical weapon experts have visited 18 of Syria's 23 disclosed chemical weapons sites, the Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
"Functional destruction activities of critical equipment for CWPFs and M/F units have been undertaken at almost all of these 18 sites," OPCW said.
The organization said they were working with the Syrian authorities to prepare an initial declaration, which will include the general plan of destructing the country's chemical arsenal.
We expect to receive Syria's initial declaration within the next 24 hours, in accordance with the agreed-upon deadline, it said.
The OPCW noted that inspectors are currently working in three teams with "good access" to sites thus far, adding that states parties are providing the OPCW with lists of former inspectors who are available and willing to deploy for the Syria mission going forward.
"Interaction with UN remains excellent and the cooperation from Syrian authorities completes," the OPCW said.