Syria Still in Possession of Chemical Weapons

Syria Still in Possession of Chemical Weapons

On April 27, envoy Sigrid Kaag said Syria is still in possession of “7.5 percent of its 1,300-ton stockpile” of chemical weapons.

Kaag is serving as envoy for “the multinational mission to get rid of the weapons.” The mission is being “overseen by the UN Security Council and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).”

The BBC reports that Syria has missed “several deadlines” for removing the weapons to date, but “vowed to complete the removal by April 27th.”

Various benchmarks have been missed at the deadlines. The overall deadline is June 30.

According to Kaag: 

The biggest bulk of chemical weapons material is removed but not yet destroyed and that counts toward the June 30 deadline. That’s why it’s so important to get the remainder of the chemical weapons material that is still in one site. 

Kaag said the UN is also “concerned by recent reports that Syrian forces…used chlorine gas as a weapon.”

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