Chemical weapons regulator says Syria requests assistance

AMSTERDAM, Sept 13 Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:25am EDT

AMSTERDAM, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Friday that Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, had contacted it with a request for technical assistance.

Syria became a full member of the global anti-chemical weapons treaty on Thursday, the country's U.N. envoy said, a move that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had promised as part of a Russian plan to avoid U.S. strikes.