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11 per cent of Syria's chemical weapons have been removed

April 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said that only 11 per cent of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons has been taken out of the country so far.

The OPCW told CNN that there had recently been a notable increase in the amount of chemical weapons removed from the country. The previous estimate was only at four per cent.

However, Syria is still well behind schedule in dismantling its chemical weapons arsenal according to the agreement reached in September of last year.

5 February was the date when all chemical weapons should have been removed from Syria.

CNN noted that the OPCW is in touch with senior Syrian officials to discuss a new schedule for taking the weapons out of the country in order for them to be destroyed by international partners.