The world ' s chemical weapons watchdog says it has received an " initial declaration " of Syria ' s chemical weapons program.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons(OPCW) said on Friday that the Syrian government has begun sending details of its chemical arms as part of a US - Russia brokered deal to put them under international control for their final annihilation. The Hague - based organization said it will not release details of the declaration, adding that it is expecting more details from the Syrian government in the coming days. Michael Luhan, a spokesman for the OPCW, said the data is being examined by the organization ' s technical secretariat. Earlier, the organization announced that it had postponed a meeting planned for Sunday to discuss the Russia - US plan.
" The meeting of the Executive Council of the OPCW in regard to Syria, scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed, " OPCW said, adding, " We will announce the new date and time in this space as soon as possible. "
Russia and the US agreed in Geneva on September 14 on a deal to eliminate Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons by mid-2014. Syria accepted the proposal, which was initially put forward by Russia as a way to head off Washington’s possible use of force against Damascus. Washington had threatened to take military action against Syria over a deadly chemical attack near Damascus on August 21. Damascus has repeatedly said that the attack was carried out by Takfiri groups in a bid to draw in foreign military intervention.