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article imageSyria said to have shipped out 75-80% of its chemical stockpile

By Paul Iddon     Apr 19, 2014 in Politics
According to the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Syria has shipped out 80% of its declared chemical weapons.
The Jerusalem Post quotes Sigrid Kaag, the special coordinator of the joint UN-OPCW mission to disarm Syria of its chemical stockpile, informing us that, "The renewed pace in movement is positive and necessary to ensure progress towards a tight deadline."
The New York Times reports that the 16th shipment of Syrian weapons from the country's port city of Latakia was made up of eight containers which included "priority one" chemicals which were essential ingredients for producing sarin gas.
This was the third delivery in less than two weeks. This increased pace in deliveries seems to be compensation on the part of Damascus for delays it has had such as its recent missing of a deadline set for February. However there are still some doubts that Syria will be able to reach its new deadline of April 27.
The overall deadline for Syria to ship out the entirety of its stockpile is June 30. The deadlines before the overall one are for different consignments, with "priority one" chemicals getting the main priority, as the label implies, given their severe lethality.
Reuters reported that following discrepancies in what Syria actually has and claims to have found by inspectors on the ground has led to Damascus giving a "more specific" list of its stockpile contents. Apparently the initial list of what Syria had was based on estimates of what Syria possesses, not what it exactly possesses as on-the-ground examinations of production and storage facilities attest.
The OPCW spokesman has explained that, "For some of the stockpile, ranges of quantities had been provided. Now they are being replaced with specific amounts."
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