The US State Department said on Friday that Syria is at risk of missing a June 30 deadline for disposing of chemical weapons but that the deadline can still be met.
Syria will miss a major deadline next week to destroy its chemical weapons production facilities, sources at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Thursday. Syria declared 12 production facilities to the OPCW and has until March 15 to destroy them under a deal agreed with the United States and Russia. Damascus has already missed several deadlines laid out in the agreement. "That will definitely be missed," said an official involved in discussions with Syria, referring to the March 15 deadline.
Chemical weapons used in two incidents in Syria last year appear to come from the stockpiles of the Syrian military, United Nations human rights investigators said on Wednesday in a report that went beyond previous findings.
The UN Security Council is due to hold a monthly meeting on Wednesday about the course of the operation for chemical disarament of Syria. A report is to be made by Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the UN-OPCW joint misssion. "On Wednesday, the special coordinator of the UN/OPCW joint mission will present her fifth report to the UN Security Council," Sylvie Lucas, Luxembourg's Ambassador to the UN, who directs the work of the UNSC this month, confirmed.
Syria has shipped out about a third of its chemical weapons stockpile and has submitted a new plan to ship its most dangerous chemicals abroad by April, a UN spokesman said here on Tuesday.
Syria has agreed to show its miniature reactor in Damascus to IAEA inspectors. But so far, the situation in the country does not allow sending experts there, the Agency's Director General, Yukiya Amano, reports. Meanwhile, clouds are piling up over Damascus again. President Barack Obama has officially asked the Congress for permission to conduct a military operation in Syria.
The Dutch diplomat leading an international mission to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program,Sigrid Kaag, has said Syria has agreed to a 60-day timetable "to accelerate and intensify their efforts to ensure timely removal" of chemicals that will be destroyed outside the country, and added that the pace of removing chemicals from the civil war-torn country is picking up and an end-of-June deadline for total destruction of the program is still achievable.
Syria is ready to show International Atomic Energy Agency its miniature neutron source reactor (MNSR) near Damascus but the current situation in Syria prevents the IAEA from sending its experts to the country, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said on Monday.
Italian fishermen on the Adriatic coast complain of breathing problems, a burning sensation in the eyes and red boils appearing on the body. The cause is exposure to the mustard gas from chemical weapons dumped in Europe’s seas.
In Syria, groups of armed extremists have twice attacked convoys transporting war chemicals to the Latakia seaport to be removed from Syria. This came in a statement by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his monthly report to the UN Security Council on progress of the joint UN-OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) mission in the Syrian Republic.
Two attempts to attack a Syrian chemical arms convoy were made in January, says a report of the mission of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
About 20% of chemicals had been either removed or destroyed during the process of Syrian chemical weapons liquidation, according to a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Syria has presented a new plan for the destruction of its chemical weapons, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Myanmar police have charged five journalists with "disclosing state secrets" after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reported Sunday.
Finnish company Ekokem OY AB and the US company Veolia Environmental Services Technical Solutions won a tender for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons, Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stated today.
Germany ready to help safe transit of Syrian chemical weapons with parliament's consent - Foreign Minister
US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Russia had a "responsibility" to ensure that Syria complies with a deal to hand over its chemical weapons.
The foreign ministers of the European Union are considering the possibility of unfreezing Syrian assets, which were blocked by the EU sanctions, to finance the OPCW fund for the Syrian chemical weapons destruction, head of EU diplomacy Catherine Ashton has said Tuesday.
Israel will continue pursuing a policy of noninterference regarding the Syrian conflict, said Anna Azari, the Israeli Foreign Ministry's deputy director general for Eurasia.