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India offers $1 mn to destroy Syrian chemical weapons

This is expected to strengthen case for inclusion in Geneva-II talks next month.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
December 4, 2013 12:05:16 am

India has decided to give $1 million to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at The Hague for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and related facilities. This is expected to strengthen its case for inclusion in Geneva-II talks next month.

Apart from the financial assistance,India has offered the services of its experts to help in the destruction of Damascus’s chemical weapons arsenal and related facilities,the Ministry of External Affairs said here Tuesday.

Welcoming the progress on the time-bound destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and its accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention,MEA said,“India’s assistance to the OPCW is a concrete demonstration of India’s consistent position of support for the complete destruction and elimination of chemical weapons worldwide.”

India has already expressed interest to be included in next month’s Geneva-II,a conference which seeks to bring together all warring parties,domestic and international,to stabilise Syria. “India is an original state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention and as a possessor state it has completed the destruction of its chemical weapons,” MEA said.

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