First consignment of chemical weapons leaves Syria

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Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the OPCW and the United Nations

The first consignment of chemical weapons from Syria left the country on Tuesday, the head of the entity overseeing the process reports.

Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, says the priority chemical materials were moved from two sites for verification before being loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ms. Kaag says the vessel left the port of Lattakia for international waters and will remain at sea for the arrival of additional priority chemical materials.

The Joint Mission was established in October 2013 to oversee the timely elimination of Syria's chemical weapons programme.

It encourages the country to continue efforts to complete the removal of chemical materials as soon as possible in a safe and timely manner.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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