A third of Syria's chemical arsenal removed or destroyed

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Sigrid Kaag

Over the past few days, there has been an acceleration and intensification of efforts by the Syrian Arab Republic to remove or destroy its chemical arsenal.

That's what Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations told the press on Wednesday after she briefed the Security Council.

She said the month of March is critical for progress towards meeting the 30 June deadline for the removal and destruction of Syria's chemicals weapons.

"A revised timelines has been submitted by the authorities, looking at the implementation between the middle and end of April, in time should all go well to meet the overall deadline of June 30 of 2014. A number of shipments have already taken place and will continue to take place, looking at removal. But if we combine removal and destruction, the mission has concluded now that about 1/3 of Syrian chemical weapons and materials have been removed or destroyed." (26")

Ms. Kaag said it's expected that 40 to 41 per cent of Syria's chemical weapons and materials would be removed or destroyed in the next few days.

Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is being eliminated under a Security Council resolution unanimously adopted in September 2013.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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