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Syria reiterates pledge to eradicate chemical weapons

English.news.cn   2014-02-27 23:25:45

DAMASCUS, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem reiterated Thursday his country's pledge to eradicate its chemical arsenal, according to the official SANA news agency.

Al-Moallem made the remarks during his meeting with the Sigrid Kaag, the head of the joint mission of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), tasked with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical stockpile.

The talks touched upon the progress made in the process of eliminating Syria's chemical stockpile, a day after the OPCW announced that a fourth shipment of chemical weapons was shipped out of Syria.

While al-Moallem stressed Syria will fulfill its pledges with the OPCW, adding that the security conditions in the country must be taken into consideration, particularly after Syria missed a pre- set deadline for the removal of its chemical weapons, citing rebel attacks on chemical weapons' locations.

Kaag reportedly hailed the progress achieved in removing the chemical weapons of Syria, stressing her crew was ready to make the mission successful, according to SANA.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2118 on Sept. 27, 2013, in an effort to rid war-torn Syria of its chemical weapons. Under the resolution, the OPCW is mandated to oversee the elimination of Syria's chemical materials.

The UN-OPCW Joint Mission was formally established last Oct. 16. The mission aims to timely remove Syria's chemical arsenals in the safest and most secure manner possible.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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