Syria gets rid of 92 per cent of chemical weapons arsenal

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OPCW headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands

Syria has disposed of more than 92 per cent of its declared stockpile of chemical weapons material, according to the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW).

The weapons were either removed from its territory or destroyed in-house.

Sigrid Kaag hailed it as a significant achievement, which has been accomplished in a short period of time and under difficult security conditions.

Stephane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"However, she added that nearly 8% of Syria's declared chemical weapons material remains on its territory. This should be removed in the shortest possible time frame, despite the difficult situation. Ms. Kaag added that in recent weeks there have been renewed allegations of toxic chlorine gas attacks in several different parts of the country. All necessary steps should be taken to establish the facts surrounding these unsubstantiated allegations."

According to the Chemical Weapons Convention, to which Syria is now a State Party, the OPCW is the appropriate body to assess these gas attack allegations.

Meanwhile, the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is expected to travel to New York on 2 May to meet with the Secretary-General and other senior officials.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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