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Syria agrees new April target to remove chemicals
By REUTERS
26/02/2014
 
BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS - Syria has agreed a new timetable to remove its chemical weapons by late April after failing to meet a deadline to ship out the arsenal earlier this month, diplomats said on Wednesday.

Under a US-Russian deal reached after a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of people around Damascus last year, President Assad's government should have handed over 1,300 tonnes of toxic chemicals by Feb. 5 for destruction abroad.

But only three cargoes have been shipped out of the country so far, barely 10 percent of the total stockpile declared to the Organi×–ation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) overseeing the process along with the United Nations.

Amid growing international frustration at the slow pace of progress, Syria last week submitted a new 100-day plan to remove the remaining chemicals, which would have set a target of late May or early June for completion.

But the OPCW said the work could be done quicker, despite fighting between Assad's forces and rebels seeking his overthrow.
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