Syria misses deadline on handover of chemical arsenal

members of a joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations signing an agreement with Syrian officials, in Damascus

Members of a joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations signing an agreement with Syrian officials, in Damascus. Photo: AFP

David Cameron warns regime against stalling on handover of chemical weapons, only 4 per cent of which have so far been removed from country

(SOURCE)  Syria has given up “less than five per cent” of its chemical weapons arsenal, missing Wednesday’s deadline for destroying stock and sparking accusations from Britain and the US that it is deliberately spinning out the process.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, warned Damascus against dragging its heels.

He told parliament: “There do seem to be now indications that the programme is slowing and that not all the information necessary is forthcoming. Britain will continue to put pressure on all parties to make sure the chemicals weapons are produced and destroyed.”

Syria agreed to the US-Russia brokered deal to give up its chemical weapons arsenal – the largest in the Middle East – as a deterrent to American military intervention after a suspected Sarin gas attack killed more than 1000 people in Damascus last August.

According to the agreement, Syria was on Wednesday required to turn over its “category two”, lower grade chemicals to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international watchdog, for destruction. However, it has failed to do so and is six to eight weeks behind schedule for the removal of its entire arsenal.

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1 thought on “Syria misses deadline on handover of chemical arsenal

  1. May God bless and protect Israel that is so close to all this happening. Even so come quickly Lord Jesus.

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