October 1, 2013
UN experts charged with starting the process of verifying and
eliminating chemical weapons arrived in Syria today for the mission
endorsed by the UN Security Council.
A convoy of about 20 United Nations vehicles carrying the experts,
equipment and security personnel crossed the border from Lebanon shortly
after 1130 GMT, a Reuters television cameraman said.
The UN mission, which Washington and Moscow hammered out after an
August 21st chemical weapons attack in Damascus prompted US threats of
air strikes against the Syrian government, is expected to continue until
at least mid-2014.
More than 100,000 people have died in Syria’s conflict, which began
in early 2011 with peaceful demonstrations seeking more democracy but
has deteriorated into sectarian civil war.
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