India offers help to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons

In this November 13, 2013 photo, demonstrators protest against the dismantling of Syrian chemical weapons in front of the Prime Minister's office in Tirana, Albania. The country, however, rejected the U.S. request to host disposal of Syria's chemical weapons.  

India, an aspirant to next month's Geneva-II talks on Syria, has offered the services of its experts to help in the destruction of Damascus' chemical weapons arsenal and related facilities

India has also decided to offer a contribution of 1 million dollars for use in the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and related facilities by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

India has found support from Russia for its participation in an international conference called Geneva-II which seeks to bring together all warring parties, domestic and international, to stablilise Syria.

India would also offer the services of its experts to be used by the OPCW in the destruction verification activity as well as training slots for personnel participating in the UN/OPCW mission for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, said a Ministry of External Affairs news release.

India is an original state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention and as a possessor state it has fully completed the destruction of its chemical weapons in accordance with the Convention.

India has welcomed the progress on the time-bound safeguarding and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and its accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

“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 world-wide” said the statement.

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