Chemical watchdog approves Syria plan despite delays
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.