Syria won't meet chemical arms deadline - UN

2014-05-29 08:26
An image grab taken from Syrian television shows an inspector from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location in Syria. (File, AFP)

An image grab taken from Syrian television shows an inspector from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location in Syria. (File, AFP)

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United Nations - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the UN Security Council that the 30 June deadline for totally eliminating Syria's chemical weapons will not be met.

The UN chief said in a letter obtained on Wednesday by The Associated Press that 7.2% of Syria's declared chemical stockpile remains in the country.

He said the Syrian government insists that the dangerous chemicals must be moved by road but can't be transported right now because of insecurity in the area.

"It is imperative that the Syrian Arab Republic concludes remaining removal operations as quickly as possible, as the authorities have pledged to do," Ban said.

The international community, shocked by a chemical attack last August that killed hundreds near Damascus, had aimed to remove and destroy 1 300 metric tons of chemicals by 30 June.
- AP
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