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The joint mission of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says Syria has succeeded in removing or destroying over 92 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile.

Sigrid-Kaag

Sigrid Kaag, the head of the mission overseeing the destruction of Syria’s arsenal, said on Sunday in the Syrian capital city of Damascus that 7.5-8.0 percent of the chemical weapons material has remained inside the country at “one particular site.”

“However, 92.5 percent of chemical weapons material [being] removed or destroyed is significant progress,” she added.

Kaag further said that 6.5 percent of the remaining chemical material would be shipped out of Syria while a small percentage would be destroyed in the Arab country.

Syria has agreed to hand over its entire chemical arsenal by June 30, 2014.

The 30 June deadline is around the corner… and we are hopeful that this is possible and will be met,” Kaag stated.

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On September 14, 2013, Russia and the United States agreed on a deal under which Syria would have its chemical weapons eliminated and the US would in return not carry out planned strikes on the Arab country.

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of the capital Damascus on August 21, 2013.

Damascus vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.

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ITAR-TASS
Some verified information available to Russia suggests that the charges with utilization of chemical weapons, implicating the Syrian government, are being forged, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“Fabrication of charges against the [Syrian] government forces continues”, the commentary says, as cited by ITAR-TASS.
Such assertions contradict reality, the ministry said.
The associations come as the process of chemical demilitarization of Syria is proceeding successfully and the removal of components of chemical weapons may be fully rounded up before the established deadline, the statement said.

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Syrian Nationa Television 27 April 2014

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Sources:
ITAR-TASS
Press TV Reports
SyrianPress

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