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Syria Meets Crucial Deadline For Chemical Weapons Plan

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October 27, 2013 AT 1:27 PM
The Syrian government has submitted a formal declaration of the chemical weapons in its possession and a plan for their removal,a crucial first step in an international agreement to destroy or remove its stockpiles and weapons.The declaration was in line with the deadline set by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international agency overseeing inspections of Syria's chemical weapons.The organization made the announcement Sunday, saying Syria had submitted its declaration Thursday, three days before the Sunday deadline.The organization did not release details of the Syrian declaration, but analysts have said the removal and destruction of Syria's chemical stockpiles will likely be an extensive international effort.