Third shipment of chemical weapons material leaves Syria

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A third shipment of chemical weapons material from Syria took place on Monday, according to the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations.

The OPCW Director General, Ahmet Üzümcü confirmed the news on Monday.

In a statement released to the press, Mr. Üzümcü said he hoped that this movement along with the destruction of 93 per cent of the chemical, Isopropanol, would generate new momentum.

Martin Nesirky is the UN Spokesperson.

"The material is on board a Norwegian cargo vessel accompanied by a naval escort from the People's Republic of China, Denmark, Norway, and the Russian Federation. The United Kingdom is participating in the naval escort in international waters. Finland is providing experts on board the Danish vessel. The Joint Mission also confirms that the destruction of some chemical materials has taken place inside Syria, alongside the removal of chemical weapons material, and it welcomes the progress to date."  (36″)

Syrian authorities are being encouraged to "expedite systematic, predictable and high-volume movements" to complete the safe removal of these chemical materials, Nesirky adds.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'28"

 

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