Remaining chemical weapons in Syria currently inaccessible

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Sigrid Kaag (top right) UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Eight per cent of chemical weapons stockpile remaining in Syria is currently inaccessible due to security conditions.

That's according to the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations.

Sigrid Kaag briefed the Security Council on Thursday on the status of the removal and destruction of chemical weapons in Syria.

Speaking to the press, she reminded that 92 per cent of the stockpile has been removed, which is significant progress.

But she said authorities need "unfettered" access to the site where the eight per cent of chemicals remain.

She explained the roads to the site are inaccessible which prevents the safe extraction of the materials, and a secure route to depart.

However, Ms Kaag said they have started to prepare for when they do gain access.

” We are now looking at ways to get to the site regardless to start preparatory work. So if and when the situation improves or changes and the authorities can conduct the last convoy. We are only talking about 16 containers than the operation can be concluded very quickly.”

Sigrid Kaag said the removal of the remaining weapons is a matter of less than a working week, which could allow the completion of the work to stay as close to the 30 June deadline as possible.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’17″

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