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Syria chemical deadline passes, 8% of arms remain: OPCW

Published on Apr 27, 2014 6:47 PM
 
Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations mission for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, talks to reporters in the Syrian capital, Damascus on April 27, 2014. Syria still holds around eight per cent of its declared chemical weapons material, as the deadline for it to be handed over expired on Sunday, April 27, 2014, the task force overseeing the operation said. -- PHOTO: AFP

DAMASCUS (AFP) - Syria still holds around eight per cent of its declared chemical weapons material, as the deadline for it to be handed over expired on Sunday, the task force overseeing the operation said.

Ms Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-UN team overseeing the destruction of the arsenal said "7.5-8.0 per cent" of Syria's chemical weapons material remained in-country at "one particular site".

"However, 92.5 per cent of chemical weapons material removed or destroyed is signficant progress," she said.

"We also however need to... ensure the remaining 7.5-8.0 per cent of the chemical weapons material is also removed and destroyed."

 
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