Syria security concerns slow chemical weapons transport
search

Syria security concerns slow chemical weapons transport

Chemical weapons watchdog says process of removing poison gas and nerve agents from country will pick up in coming days

A crew member of the Danish warship Esbern Snare wears a protective mask which shows the reflection of the Danish cargo ship Ark Futura, during emergency drills on the sea between Cyprus and Syria, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Petros Karadjias)
A crew member of the Danish warship Esbern Snare wears a protective mask which shows the reflection of the Danish cargo ship Ark Futura, during emergency drills on the sea between Cyprus and Syria, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Petros Karadjias)

A global chemical weapons watchdog said security “challenges” in Syria slowed the transport of raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents to a port for transport and eventual destruction, but additional measures are being taken and the process should pick up in the coming days and weeks.

The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Uzumcu, said Thursday he is still confident that Syria’s chemical weapons will be destroyed as scheduled by the end of June.

In a briefing with reporters, Uzumcu said the OPCW met with Syrian officials in the Hague on Wednesday to discuss the delays. He said additional measures are being taken and “we hope we can move relatively quickly in the coming weeks.”

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

read more:
comments