Chemical weapons watchdog says to meet on Syria
THE HAGUE (AFP) - The world's chemical weapons watchdog said it is to meet on Friday to discuss a Russian-US plan for the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will meet to consider the "elimination of Syrian chemical weapons", director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement on Thursday.
The Hague-based OPCW's 41-member Executive Council will discuss the Russian-US plan agreed at the weekend in Geneva in a bid to avert US-led military strikes on Syria, blamed by the West for a chemical weapons attack in August.
The OPCW is charged with implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria asked to join amid growing calls for military action against Damascus.