More chemical weapons shipped from Syria
Just over 65 percent of Syria's internationally declared chemical weapons stockpile has been removed from the war-torn country, the Associated Press reported. (AFP/File)
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The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog has said that the Syrian government must speed up its movement of raw materios for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to successfully destroy its stockpile on time.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Monday that a 13th consignment of chemicals was shipped out of Latakia port in Syrian President Bashar Assad's home province, which means that just over 65 percent of Syria's internationally declared chemical weapons stockpile has been removed from the war-torn country, the Associated Press reported.
OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcuc called the shipment "necessary and encouraging," but stressed that he wants to see more speed and dedication from Syria.
Uzumcuc said "the frequency and volumes of deliveries have to increase significantly" to get Syria back on track to have its entire stockpile destroyed by June 30, according to AP.
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