More than half of Syria's chemical weapons removed

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OPCW headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands

More than half of Syria's chemical weapons have been removed or destroyed, according to the joint mission of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The organization has been tasked by the Security Council with eliminating the country's chemical weapons stockpile by the end of June this year.

It follows reports that chemical weapons have been used during the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, welcomed the destruction of the weapons.

"This represents important progress. The Joint Mission welcomes the momentum attained and encourages the Syrian Arab Republic to sustain the current pace."

Syria joined the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention under an agreement brokered last year by Russia and the United States and said it would give up its reserve of chemicals.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'03"

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