DAMASCUS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- A first batch of priority chemical materials was moved from two Syrian sites to the port of Lattakia for verification and was then loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel on Tuesday, a statement by the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria said.
The Joint Mission confirms that further progress has been made toward the removal and elimination of Syria's chemical weapon program, the statement said, adding that the vessel has been accompanied by naval escorts of Denmark and Norway as well as Syria.
This movement initiates the process of transfer of chemical materials from Syria to foreign locations for destruction, it said, adding the first batch "will remain at sea awaiting the arrival of additional priority chemical materials at the port" and "Maritime security is being provided by naval escorts from the People's Republic of China, Denmark, Norway and the Russian Federation."
Meanwhile, the Joint Mission encouraged the Syria authorities to continue its efforts to complete the removal of chemical materials as soon as possible in "a safe and timely manner."
It said the mission will continue to assist Syria in fulfilling its obligations under UN Security Council resolution 2118 and the decisions of the OPCW Executive Council.
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