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UNITED NATIONS, October 1 (Itar-Tass) - An advance team from the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has arrived in Damascus, just four days after the OPCW Executive Council and the United Nations Security Council unanimously endorsed a plan to send them to Syria to begin the process of overseeing the destruction of the country’s chemical weapons programme, Martin Nesirky, Spokesman for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a press briefing on Tuesday.
The team, which includes 19 OPCW inspectors and 14 U.N. staff members, went into Syria over land from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, he said. On arrival, the team established a logistics base for its immediate work. In the coming days, their efforts are expected to focus on verifying information provided by the Syrian authorities and the initial planning phase of helping the country destroy its chemical weapons production facilities.