Update expected on Syria's chemical weapons stockpile

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Sigrid Kaag. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

An update on Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is expected on Thursday by the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN).

Ms. Sigrid Kaag's last update was given on 28 April, when she announced Syria had disposed of more than 92 per cent of its declared stockpile.

She indicated the weapons had either been removed from its territory or destroyed in-house.

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

It began its work in Syria in October 2013 following confirmation by UN chemical weapons inspectors that the nerve agent sarin was used in an attack around Damascus in the context of the civil war.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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