Removal of Syria’s remaining chemical weapons material “critical”

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Sigrid Kaag. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The removal of the remaining 7.2 per cent of Syria's declared chemical weapons material is critical according to Sigrid Kaag, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations.

On Wednesday she told the UN Security Council that the remaining weapon material is still being held at one site due to the volatile security situation.

Ms Kaag spoke to reporters after the Council briefing.

"We call on all member states to exercise their influence to ensure the immediate removal of the remaining chemicals. What is important also to remember is that isopropanol, a very critical precursor to the production of sarin, has been destroyed 100 per cent. However, the urgency, the time the pressure to remove the remaining 7.2 per cent is very critical." (22")

Ms Kaag said she will be back in Damascus in the next few days to pursue that conversation with her team and counterparts.

The UN has set the deadline of 30 June for the destruction of all of Syria's chemical weapons.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

Duration: 1’09″

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