German politician says Crimea should to be recognized as part of RussiaWorld August 19, 6:22
Russian Emergencies Ministry carries out over 430 humanitarian missions abroad since 1993Society & Culture August 19, 6:18
Olympic diving champion Zakharov to carry Russia’s flag at opening ceremony of UniversiadeSport August 19, 4:11
New defense attorney to be appointed in former Ukrainian president’s high treason caseWorld August 19, 4:04
Mayor says Izmir International Fair homage to memory of late Russian ambassadorWorld August 19, 3:59
Putin, Medvedev emphasize need to restore cultural facilities in CrimeaSociety & Culture August 19, 3:43
El Pais: all four suspects in Barcelona terror attack shot deadWorld August 19, 3:36
Foreign Ministry speaker Zakharova very passionate about her dollhouseRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 18, 23:01
Modernizing Foreign Ministry's public image was a challenge — Spokeswoman ZakharovaSociety & Culture August 18, 22:24
UN, October 8. (ITAR-TASS). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sees proper to appoint a special liaison to deal with issues related to the destruction of existing chemical weapons in Syria. This was stated in a letter that Ban Ki-moon sent on Monday to the UN Security Council. A copy of the document was obtained by Itar-Tass.
Ban Ki- moon has recommended to establish a joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) based in Damascus and Cyprus to destroy the existing stockpiles of toxic substances in Syria. A special joint mission will be headed by a civilian liaison who will be assigned to UN SG on the basis of extensive consultation with the OPCW Director General at the level of Deputy Secretary-General, the letter says. The Special Liaison will report to Ban Ki-moon and the OPCW Director General, will carry out coordination of the joint mission, as well as interact with the Syrian government, opposition groups and the international community, in accordance with the mandate of the mission, the letter specifies.
The letter of Ban Ki-moon says that, in view of the current situation, the presence of the joint mission in Syria will be very limited, and there would be deployed only the staff necessary to fulfill the tasks set. The office in Damascus would be a base camp.
September 27, OPCW Executive Council approved a plan of complete elimination of stockpiles of chemical weapons in Syria, which is expected to be completed by mid-2014. On the same day, the UN Security Council passed a resolution that makes the decision binding and includes measures up to sanctions or use of military force in case of disobedience.
On Sunday, October 5, was started the first phase of the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons stocks and of the equipment used to produce it.