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Assad Submits Chemical Arms as UN Resolution Debate Nears

Syria turned in an initial inventory of its chemical weapons yesterday, in advance of U.S.- Russian talks in the coming week on United Nations action to compel the Arab nation to surrender its toxic arsenal.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said yesterday it had “received an initial disclosure from the Syrian government of its chemical weapons program.” A Sept. 14 U.S.-Russian agreement, which averted an American military strike on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, called for an itemization of Syria’s poison gas stocks by today.