THE HAGUE, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu on Friday said while the removal of two shipments of chemicals from Syria this month was a start, the need to hasten the overall process was "obvious."
"Ways and means must be found to establish continuity and predictability of shipments to assure states parties that the programme, while delayed, is not deferred," he added.
On Thursday, Uzumcu told the OPCW executive council that efforts were underway to expedite of removing Syrian chemicals that have been identified for destruction outside Syrian territory.
He informed he held talks with senior Syrian officials over the need for a timeframe to be provided by the Syrian government for the removal of chemicals.
The Syrian government, "while expressing concern about the current security situation, has reiterated its commitment to completing the programme and assured that it is working on a schedule for the transport and removal of the chemicals," Uzumcu said.
Russia foresees "non-trivial" solutions to Syrian chemical weapons removal delay
MOSCOW, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- "Non-trivial solutions" could be adopted over the process of destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, a senior Russian diplomat said Friday.
"Security issues have been actively considered now. The non-trivial solutions could be announced shortly," Interfax news agency quoted head of the Security and Disarmament Department in the Foreign Ministry, Mikhail Ulyanov, as saying. Full story