"Good Progress" reported on destruction of chemicals outside Syria

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Lyall Grant. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

There has been "good progress" on the destruction of Syria's chemicals outside the country, according to Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant of the United Kingdom the President of the Security Council.

Ambassador Lyall Grant spoke to reporters on Tuesday, following a briefing to the Council behind closed doors by Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator for the Joint OPCW/UN mission.

OPCW, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is part of the mission overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.

The Council was told about a meeting in Beirut on Tuesday to work out the modalities for the destruction of the 12 remaining declared production facilities that would take about six months to complete.

"The United States briefed that they had completed about 60 per cent now of treatment of Priority A chemicals on the ship, the Cape Ray and once that treatment is completed, then the effluent will be sent to Germany and Finland for final disposal. I briefed in my national capacity to say that the United Kingdom would complete its destruction of the B precursors and hydrochloric acids in the course of this week. So, good progress on the destruction of chemicals outside Syria." (29")

Ambassador Lyall Grant said the Council was also briefed about the ongoing discussion around discrepancies in the Syrian government's initial declaration.

He said there would be a further visit by the OPCW team in September to the Syrian capital, Damascus.

On the future of the OPCW/UN mission, he said there was a "very clear majority view" that Syria remained a special case and the outstanding issues were such that the mission should continue for the time being.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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