A dutch-based group is sending a "forward team" to find, catalog and destroy an estimated 1,000 tons of chemical agents in Syria according to media reports.
A report from CBS reports the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons intends that the team of 20 would arrive in Damascus first.
Previous news of the U.N. Security Council vote to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile was described as "a landmark decision aimed at taking poison gas off the battlefield in the escalating 2 1/2-year conflict" in a recent Fox news article.
The U.N. vote came after two weeks of intense negotiations and the U.N. Secretary-General was quoted in the story immediately after the vote:
"Today's historic resolution is the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon added:
"A red light for one form of weapons does not mean a green light for others. This is not a license to kill with conventional weapons."
OPCW officials have a mandate from a United Nations Security Council resolution passed on Friday, according to the article, after two weeks of tense negotiations between Russia, the U.S. and its European allies.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the resolution a "strong, enforceable, precedent-setting" agreement, according to the CBS piece, which he believed proved that diplomacy could be powerful enough to "defuse the worst weapons of war."
The destruction of Syria's accumulated chemical weapons, Kerry stated in the story, would begin in November and is expected to be completed sometime by the middle of 2014. An estimated 1,000 tons of deadly chemical agents are thought to be included in that deadly stockpile.
A WSJ video interview with former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense KT McFarland points out there are many allies in the region who do not want chemical weapons loose. She states:
"We sure don't want another Libya."
McFarland explained her position further. She stated that while the U.S. knew Muammar Ghaddafi had large stockpiles of weapons, it never secured this arsenal which was scattered around Libya.
Then Benghazi happened, she added.
McFarland questioned whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has control over all the chemical weapons in the country anyway, and notes there are about a thousand rebel groups fighting in the civil war.