The OPCW has announced that a very important step in the program to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons has been completed.
The OPCW's program called for the complete elimination of all chemical weapons material and equipment in the first half of 2014.
I understand that the elimination of all equipment has not been completed. The last I heard was that it was in progress but the OPCW was having difficulties in reaching some locations due to fighting.
Announcement to media on last consignment of chemicals leaving Syria
Monday, 23 June 2014
Statement by Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General OPCW
A major landmark in this mission has been reached today. The last of the remaining chemicals identified for removal from Syria were loaded this afternoon aboard the Danish ship Ark Futura. The ship made its last call at the port of Latakia in what has been a long and patient campaign in support of this international endeavour.
Removing the stockpile of precursor and other chemicals has been a fundamental condition in the programme to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons programme.
The next stage in this mission is the completion of the maritime operations to deliver the chemicals for destruction at the assigned facility on board the U.S. vessel Cape Ray and at commercial facilities in Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.