Watchdog plan: Syria arsenal inspections by Oct. 1

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Associated Press

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 5:05 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 5:05 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog is calling for inspections of Syria's chemical arsenal to begin by Tuesday.

The draft decision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons obtained by The Associated Press also authorizes the body to inspect "any other site identified by a State Party as having been involved in the Syrian chemical weapons program, unless deemed unwarranted by the Director-General."

That goes beyond usual practice as the organization only inspects sites that have been declared by member states.

The draft, being discussed by the organization's executive council Friday night, calls for the destruction of all Syria's chemical weapons and equipment to be completed by "the first half of 2014."

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