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Chemical watchdog approves Syria plan despite delays

Published on Dec 18, 2013 6:55 AM

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The world's chemical watchdog on Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013, agreed on the final details of a plan to destroy Syria's arsenal, vowing to push ahead with the unprecedented project despite delays.

The hectic pace of the UN-backed bid to rid Syria of its entire chemical weapons stockpile by mid-2014 has slowed recently but the meeting decided not yet to change any deadlines despite security and technical issues in the war-ravaged country.

A spokesman for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) declined to comment on the Executive Council meeting, but a diplomat who was present said the international plan had been adopted.

"Efforts continue to implement the plan, but there is realism that there are challenges," the diplomat told Agence France-Presse.

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