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Syria must speed up removal of chemical weapons: UN

Published on Feb 7, 2014 6:17 AM

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - Syria must move faster to remove its deadly chemical weapons stockpile and meet the June 30 deadline set for destroying its arsenal, the UN Security Council demanded on Thursday.

The 15 member nations "call upon the Syrian Arab Republic to expedite actions to meet its obligations," the council's president for the month, Lithuania's UN ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, told reporters..

The chemical weapons must be transported to the Syrian port of Latakia "in a systematic and sufficiently accelerated manner," Murmokaite insisted, after summarizing the closed door discussions the council held earlier on Thursday with Sigrid Kaag, who is tasked with coordinating Syria's disarmament.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has pledged to eliminate Syria's entire chemical weapons arsenal by the end of June or face sanctions, including the possible use of force.

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