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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Britain claims Syria has made 'no progress' in handing over chemical weapons

Published 22/05/2014 | 16:09

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Men search for survivors under the rubble of burning collapsed houses at a site hit by what activists said was a Scud missile. Reuters
Men search for survivors under the rubble of burning collapsed houses at a site hit by what activists said was a Scud missile. Reuters

Syria has made no progress in relinquishing a last batch of chemical weapons it says is inaccessible due to fighting, making it increasingly likely it will miss a final deadline to destroy its toxic stockpile, Britain has said.

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The British deputy representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told delegates in The Hague that packaging material had arrived for the 100 metric tonnes of toxic chemicals.

"But there is still no sign of any movement of chemicals, nor any indications of a time scale for a move," said the statement, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

Syria agreed last year to hand over its entire chemical weapons stockpile after hundreds of people were killed in a sarin attack near Damascus.

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