OPCW: Syria reaffirmed commitment on destroying chemicals

OPCW: Syria reaffirmed commitment on destroying chemicals
Tue Mar 4, 2014 18:43:25

Syria has submitted a new proposal "that aims to complete the removal of all chemicals" from the country before the end of April, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has said.

"Nearly one third of Syria's chemical weapons material has now been removed or destroyed," Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator for the OPCW-UN joint mission, told the OPCW Executive Council on Tuesday.

"This is good progress and I expect further acceleration and intensification of effort."

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said the government "reaffirmed its commitment to implement the removal operations in a timely manner."

The Syrian government agreed to give up its chemical weapons under a US-Russia deal signed in September last year, following an Auguest chemical attack near Damascus which the US tried to blame on the Syrian government.

A US plan to bomb Syria over the attack which Syrian government said was carried out by militants as a false-flag operation, was averted by Russia’s mediation that offered putting Syria’s chemicals under international control.


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