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Syria will miss June deadline on chemical arsenal: United Nations

Published on May 29, 2014 9:43 AM
 
People, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, receive treatment inside a makeshift hospital in Kfar Zeita village in Hama. The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal will not be completed before a June 30 deadline agreed after Washington threatened air strikes last year, UN chief Ban Ki Moon has said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal will not be completed before a June 30 deadline agreed after Washington threatened air strikes last year, UN chief Ban Ki Moon has said.

An April 27 deadline for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons to international monitors also expired with Damascus holding around eight percent of its declared material.

Under a UN-backed and US-Russia brokered deal agreed last year after the United States threatened air strikes against Syrian government targets, the weapons were to be destroyed by June 30.

But a letter from Ban to the Security Council dated May 23 and obtained by AFP confirmed what had looked increasingly unlikely - that the June deadline would not be met either.

 
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