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Syria: 20% of chemical substances removed during chemical weapons liquidation

21 February 2014, 23:01

About 20% of chemicals had been either removed or destroyed during the process of Syrian chemical weapons liquidation, according to a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry.

'At the moment, about 20% of the chemicals has been removed from Syria on Scandinavian ships or destroyed. This figure includes isopropyl alcohol, that Syrians destroy on their territory, it can be easily done,' the source explained. He stressed that the Syrians have pledged to eliminate all stocks of isopropyl alcohol until March 1.

More than 90% of the substance has been destroyed already. The removal of chemical weapons from Syria took place on 7 and 27 January and 10 February.

There are objective difficulties related to security, as well as to poor logistics, the diplomatic source said. 'All three 40-ton capacity cranes in Latakia malfunctioned, as well as five lifts that are needed to load containers onto trucks. Part of the equipment previously supplied to Syria was of poor quality, much of it had to be repaired,' the source said.

The informant did not name a specific time frame for completion of the process of chemical disarmament. 'There are different estimates as to how long it will take to finish the process: optimistic – till the end of March. No one can give a definite answer to this question.'

Voice of Russia, RIA

Source: Syria-20-of-chemical-substances-removed- during-chemical-weapons-liquidation-9774/

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