Chemical watchdog chief to give rare Syria update
THE HAGUE (AFP) - The head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog was due on Wednesday to give a rare public briefing on the state of Syria's disarmament, after promising to send a second wave of inspectors to the war-ravaged nation.
The head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Uzumcu, will provide an update on the "long and difficult" task of dismantling Syria's chemical arsenal at 1130 GMT.
Members of an OPCW advance team who have returned from Syria as well as Uzumcu's political advisor, Malik Ellahi, will fill journalists in on the OPCW mission, facing a tight mid-2014 deadline to rid Syria of all chemical weapons and facilities.
Because of the nature of its work, the OPCW rarely communicates in detail about its activities.