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Ban Recommends 100-Strong Chemical Weapons Team

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended the task of eliminating Syria's chemical weapons be split between the UN and the world's chemical weapons watchdog, involving about 100 people.

In a letter to the Security Council, Ban said the UN could handle tasks including communication and coordination with the Syrian government and rebel groups.

Ban said the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would handle technical consultations, verification, and inspections.

The 11-page letter was a response to last month's council resolution ordering Syria's chemical weapons stockpile to be secured and destroyed and asking the UN chief to submit recommendations on the UN role in their elimination.

On October 6, an OPCW team for the first time oversaw Syrian personnel decomissioning part of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, including missile warheads and missiles.

The demolition work is due to last until mid-2014.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters