Chemical experts were overseeing a second day of work destroying Syria's chemical arsenal on Monday (October 7). Footage broadcast on Syrian TV showed what they said were UN officials inspecting a chemical weapons facility.
An official described the work as similar to Sunday's (October 6) when Syrian forces used cutting torches and angle grinders to render missile warheads, bombs and mixing equipment unusable.
The official from the international mission overseeing the stockpile's elimination said Damascus had made an excellent start on Sunday, and the United States acknowledged its rapid compliance with a U.N. resolution on destroying chemical weapons as extremely significant.
However, he noted that this was only the start of work that is due to last until mid-2014 and requires the cooperation of all sides.
Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), supported by the United Nations, aim to oversee destruction of Syria's chemical weapons production and mixing equipment by Nov. 1, and deal with all chemical weapons materials by the end of June 2014.
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