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Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:38 p.m. CST

AMSTERDAM – Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing its removal.

Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria has just surrendered another batch of raw materials used for making chemical weapons.

He says in a statement Tuesday that cargo ships at Syria's main port, Latakia, have received the latest chemical consignment and delivered it to a U.S. ship offshore. There, the chemicals are neutralized under supervision by the watchdog's experts.

Syria has missed several deadlines for progress specified in last year's agreed timetable to eradicate its poison gas and nerve agent program by June 30. It insists it will meet the final deadline.

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