This Thursday Jan. 2, 2014 file photo shows a barge is anchored alongside the the M/V Cape Ray in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
This Thursday Jan. 2, 2014 file photo shows a barge is anchored alongside the the M/V Cape Ray in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
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The international chemical weapons watchdog is meeting to discuss slow progress in its mission to destroy Syrian poison gas and nerve agent program.

In a note prepared last week for Thursday's behind-closed-doors meeting of the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Director-General "Ahmet Uzumcu" said he spoke to United Nations Secretary-General "Ban Ki-moon" Jan. 18 "and they both agreed that it was necessary for the removal process to pick up pace".

Under a timeline drawn up last year, the most toxic chemicals in Syria's 1,300-metric-ton stockpile were to have been removed from the country by Dec. 31, but that deadline was missed due to security circumstances in Syria and other factors.

So far, just two small consignments of chemicals have been shipped out.

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