U.N Secretary-General "Ban Ki-moon" stressed that there is progress in the operation of destroying the chemical weapons of Syria, despite a delay in moving chemical weapons out of the country.
Ban's spokesperson "Martin Nesirky" on Saturday issued a statement stressing that "the international effort to eliminate the chemical weapons program of the Syrian Arab Republic continues to make effective progress, as demonstrated by the steady achievements in meeting all previous milestones in the past three months".
Earlier, the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN said in a statement that "there will be a limited delay in the transport of the first tranche of chemical agents from Syria…these had been anticipated to be removed by Dec. 31".
Russian Itar-Tass News Agency quoted Ki-moon as saying " the joint mission continues to work closely and intensively with the Syrian government and the assisting state parties to begin safe and secure removal and transportation operations as soon as possible".
On several occasions, the U.N and the OPCW stressed Syria's full cooperation with them in eliminating the chemical weapons there.