Envoy: Last dangerous chemicals must leave Syria
Top official urges Syrian government and others to ensure removal of last dangerous chemicals
Associated Press
2014-06-05 03:01 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons is calling on President Bashar Assad's government and countries with influence on the warring parties to ensure the immediate removal of the last containers of dangerous chemicals from the country.

Sigrid Kaag told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that several key nations have confirmed that Syria's security concerns about transporting the final 7.2 percent of its declared chemical stockpile to the port of Latakia "are legitimate."

But she said getting the last containers on to Danish and Norwegian ships "is very, very critical." She said she will return to Damascus soon to try to speed up the departure.

Kaag reiterated that Syria will not meet the June 30 deadline to completely destroy its chemical weapons.

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