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    An international watchdog overseeing the removal of Syria’s chemical stockpile confirmed that all the respective unfilled munition containers had been destroyed ahead of schedule.

    BRUSSELS, December 6 (RIA Novosti) – An international watchdog overseeing the removal of Syria’s chemical stockpile confirmed that all the respective unfilled munition containers had been destroyed ahead of schedule.

    On November 18, Syria informed the secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that all unfilled chemical munitions on its territory had been eliminated.

    The OPCW confirmed the information on Friday in a statement citing its mission in the war-torn country.

    The organization’s executive council last month approved a detailed, tentative plan for the dismantlement of the Syrian government’s chemical arsenal to be accomplished in the “safest and soonest manner” no later than June 30, 2014.

    The plan envisioned the removal of all declared chemical substances and precursors – except for the sarin component isopropanol – no later than February 5, 2014, with the “most critical” chemicals to be transported out of the country before December 31.

    Syrian chemical weapons facilities are set to undergo sequenced destruction from December 15 to March 15.

     

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