OPCW head calls for short-term ceasefires in Syria

Uzumcu says, "routes to some of the sites go through opposition-held territory".

OPCW head calls for short-term ceasefires in Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu has said, due to clashes taking place in some opposition-held areas, chemical weapons experts aren't able to enter some sites and he has called for "local and short-term ceasefires" to allow experts to work.

Head of the OPCW, spoke to the British media giant, the BBC, following the organization's achievement of winning the Nobel Peace Prize and said that he hoped the Prize would help the experts work in Syria. The OPCW and the UN have a team of 60 experts and support staff in war-torn country since October 1.

He stated that Syrian officials were assissting experts and that they were facilitating the experts' work by taking them wherever they wanted to go. The teams are based in capital Damascus, yet they visit facilites around regularly. Details in regards to those visits haven't been released yet but it is believed that Syria has mustard and sarin gas and VX nerve agents. 

Uzumcu informed the BBC saying that their team of experts "already reached five out of at least 20 facilities capable of producing chemical weapons" however, "routes to some of the sites went through opposition-held territory and this prevented access."

British media giant quoted Uzumcu as saying, "They change hands from one day to another, which is why we appeal to all sides in Syria to support this mission, to be co-operative and not render this mission more difficult. It's already challenging." He also expressed that experts face though times like mortar shells had falled next to the hotel where experts accomodate.

Following the lethal chemical attack took place near Damascus on August 21, US and Russia agreed to take Syria's chemical weapons under international supervision. UN Security Council resolution sees that Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles must be disposed of by June 2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ekim 2013, 16:10

Muhammed Öylek