Over 90 per cent of Syria's chemical materials destroyed in country

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Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the OPCW and the UN Sigrid Kaag (second left) inspecting preparations for the elemination of chemical weapons at the Syrian Port of Latakia in December 2013. Photo: OPCW-UN Joint Mission

"Significant progress" has been made in the last three weeks in the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, according to a United Nations spokesperson.

The joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations confirmed delivery on Thursday of a further shipment of chemical weapons material in Syria.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq says, 92.5 per cent of Syria's chemical weapons have been removed or destroyed in the country.

"The Joint Mission's Special Coordinator, Sigrid Kaag, welcomed the significant progress of the last three weeks, and she strongly encouraged the Syrian authorities to conclude the removal operations as part of their efforts to achieve the 30 June 2014 deadline. In addition to the removal operations, the Syrian authorities have destroyed buildings, equipment and empty mustard gas containers, and decontaminated other containers in a number of chemical weapons storage and production sites.  A majority of these sites are now closed." (24")

The OPCW-UN Joint Mission is mandated by the Security Council to oversee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons by the end of June this year.

It followed allegations last year that chemical weapons had been used in the ongoing conflict in the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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