Syria turns in chemical treaty papers to UN

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Syria has sent documents to the United Nations to join the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which is an international arms control agreement that outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons. The CWC is overseen by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is headquartered in The Hague – the seat of government in the Netherlands. US and Russian diplomats are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland soon to discuss Russia’s plan for disarming the Syrians without the need for a US-led military strike. Due to the seriousness of the alleged chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government against his own people, both US and Syrian allies have traded words over how to deal with the incident. Al-Assad says, “Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision.”

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