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article imageUS: Syria isn't serious about dismantling chemical arsenal

By Paul Iddon     Mar 6, 2014 in Politics
After the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced that Syria has so far shipped about a third of its chemical stockpile out of the country the U.S says Syria isn't serious when it comes to dismantling its CW stockpile.
Reuters quotes U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers who said on her Twitter account that, "OPCW trying to reach agreement to destroy CW production facilities-#Syria refusing to seriously negotiate & is [about] to miss another deadline."
She also said in another tweet that,
“# Syria must accelerate process to comply with @OPCW deadlines-only 20% of priority 1 chemicals removed so far. Delays are dangerous.”
The Syrian Assad government agreed to a UN Security Council Resolution brokered by the United States and Russia following a deadly sarin gas attack on August 21 2013 that killed at least 1,000 people in Damascus.
Furthermore, as this Sydney Morning Herald report states, the UN has declared that the chemical weapons used in the aforementioned August attack quite clearly appear to have emanated from stockpiles belonging to the Syrian military.
These investigators stated the following regarding the use of such deadly agents,
"The evidence available concerning the nature, quality and quantity of the agents used on 21 August indicated that the perpetrators likely had access to the chemical weapons stockpile of the Syrian military, as well as the expertise and equipment necessary to manipulate safely large amount of chemical agents."
Furthermore the head of that investigative team, Ake Sellstrom from Sweden, had previously declared last January that the regime has yet to provide substantive evidence for its claim that it was in fact the opposition perpetrated that horrible August 2013 attack that would plausibly explain how the opposition could have obtained the kind of nerve agents used in that horrible mass-murder.
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