The head of an international mission to Syria charged with destroying the country’s chemical weapons called on President Bashar Assad’s government Sunday to ensure it meets a deadline to destroy all its toxic chemicals amid a raging civil war.
Sigrid Kaag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told reporters in Damascus that 92.5 percent of Syria’s chemical materials had been removed from the country and destroyed. She called it “significant progress,” although she called on Syria’s government to ensure remaining materials would be eradicated by the end of April. “I strongly encourage Syrian government to go for that last push that we can really talk of hundred percent removal and destruction,” Kaag said.
The Syrian government has already missed a self-imposed mid-April deadline, but says it’s on track to meet its agreements.Experts say missing anymore deadlines could seriously compromise the official June 30th date to complete the weapons removal. CCTV’s Alaa Ebrahim reports from Damascus.