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Syria misses key chemical weapons deadline

Feb. 5, 2014 - 11:13AM   |  
SYRIA-CONFLICT-CHEMICAL
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on Feb. 5shows members of a joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations signing an agreement with Syrian officials in Damascus. Syria's said today it remains committed to destroying its chemical weapons despite 'difficulties' caused by its conflict, as it missed another deadline under an international deal which averted U.S. military action. (AFP via Getty Images)
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AMSTERDAM — Syria’s government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical weapons stockpile but still says it will meet a final deadline of June 30.

Under a timetable set up by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Syria was to have given up its entire stockpile of chemical weapons by Wednesday.

Last week, a U.S. diplomat said Syria had only removed 4 percent of its most toxic chemicals so far. All should have been removed by Dec. 31 under the framework.

Russia said Tuesday that Syria is preparing a new schedule and will make further shipments soon. OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan said his organization is awaiting news from Syria.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mikdad said Syria is still cooperating and plans to meet the June 30 deadline.

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