Hurdle in Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons: Money

OPCW needs more of it

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 5, 2013 8:13 AM CST

(Newser) – Here's something you may not know about the effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons isn't just tasked with making that happen —it also has to raise the money needed to do the job. And the roughly $13.5 million it has amassed so far will only fund its operations through November, meaning it will have to drum up more cash in order to actually ship Syria's chemical arsenal out of the country for destruction, reports Reuters.

The US has been the leading donor to the fund (Reuters puts the figure at $6 million, but says some of that went to the UN, and some represents equipment and training, not cash), and has been joined by countries like Britain, Canada, and Germany. What will the total tab end up being? If Bashar al-Assad is to be believed, $1 billion; experts are much more conservative in their estimations, giving a range that runs from tens of millions to hundreds of millions.

Franz Ontal, OPCW's head of inspector training, center, talks with journalists after a training session with UN inspectors of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Franz Ontal, OPCW's head of inspector training, center, talks with journalists after a training session with UN inspectors of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.   (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
In this photo made from video released late Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a chemical weapons expert works at a chemical weapons plant at an unknown location in Syria.
In this photo made from video released late Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a chemical weapons expert works at a chemical weapons plant at an unknown location in Syria.   (AP Photo/SANA)
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