Syria chemical weapons arsenal “almost” completely destroyed

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Kim Won-soo, Acting UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is almost fully complete, the president of the UN Security Council told journalists in New York on Wednesday.

Roman Oyarzun Marchesi was speaking after a monthly meeting held in line with a 2013 Council resolution requiring the verification and destruction of the country's chemical weapons.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday afternoon.

Members were briefed by the Acting UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Kim Won-soo.

Roman Oyarzun Marchesi of Spain is the Security Council president for the month of October.

"He has informed that the process of dismantling and destroying the Syrian chemical arsenal as declared is almost successfully completed in more than 98 per cent. Now the efforts are concentrated in investigating and establishing responsibilities for alleged attacks using chlorine. These attacks are unacceptable in view of the international legislation and the Security Council resolutions, inter alia, 2118 and 2209."

The Security Council was also briefed on the Central African Republic by the head of UN peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous.

Council members have unanimously condemned the recent outbreak of violence in the country, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people.

They called on the authorities to swiftly investigate the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Mr Oyarzun said the Security Council stands ready to consider sanctions against those who undermine peace, security and stability in the CAR.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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