DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The head of an international mission to Syria charged with destroying the country's chemical weapons has called on President Bashar Assad's government to ensure it will meet a deadline to destroy all its toxic chemicals.
Sigrid Kaag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told reporters in Damascus on Sunday that 92.5 percent of Syria's chemical materials had been removed from the country and destroyed. She described it as "significant progress," though she says the government needs to ensure the remaining materials are eradicated by the end of the month.
Syria missed an April 13 deadline to destroy all its chemical weapons in accessible locations. International experts say that could have serious impact on making a June 30 deadline for the removal of all its chemical weapons.