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Chemical Weapon Removal Process Begins In Syria

10/1/2013 8:00 PM ET

The actual ground work aimed at removing chemical weapons from Syria is now underway as an advance team from the organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus.

Its members have opened talks with Syrian officials on how to move forward with the weapons removal.

Syria has pledged to cooperate in the matter, but many officials - including United States Secretary of State John Kerry - have adopted a "We'll believe it when we see it" posture.

On Monday, a Syrian official told the United Nations General Assembly that it was a terrorist group, not the military of President Bashar al-Assad, which launched the deadly chemical attack in August.

Syria is believed to have 1,000 tons of chemical weapons.

Stating that Syria will respect every international treaty that it signs, Assad said he would decide whether to attend the Geneva II conference on the Syrian crisis depending on its framework.

by RTT Staff Writer

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