Head of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission briefs the Security Council

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Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Progress has been made over the past month with regards to the destruction of Syria's chemical stockpiles, although under very difficult circumstances.

That's according to Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-UN (OPCW-UN).

Kaag briefed the Council for the first time on Tuesday, sharing how the Joint Mission had a very "constructive" collaboration with Syrian authorities.

"We had a very good discussion with Council Members, questions were raised on the security of staff safety and security, possible anticipated roles by the joint mission, obviously continued verification and monitoring, but also support to the implementation of phase 3 when agreed. And generally questions about the 2 sites that which we could not visit, but they were abandoned under the Syrian declaration to OPCW. And as we have noted also in media reports, I know the DG of OPCW and I have in my report, the intent will be to visit them in future subject to security conditions in country."  (36″)

As for the venue, where the destruction of chemical weapons is to take place, Kaag said negotiations were ongoing at The Hague between the Syrian authorities, the UN and the OPCW.

Earlier, the Director-General of the OPCW, Ahmet Üzümcü, said that Syria had suggested the destruction take place elsewhere because of the armed conflict in the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’33″

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