Kaag: Syria's cooperation with UN-OPCW recognized, delays are not insurmountable
Kaag: Syria's cooperation with UN-OPCW recognized, delays are not insurmountable
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Special Coordinator of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) joint mission charged with eliminating Syrian chemical weapons "Sigrid Kaag" said Syria has cooperated with the OPCW and the UN for meeting its obligations according to the scheduled time.

At a press conference on Friday after briefing the Security Council on cooperation with Syria, Kaag said she made constructive consultations and her briefing concentrated on moving chemical weapons outside Syria swiftly.

She added that in her briefing Syria’s cooperation was recognized as well as the international efforts in terms of the provision of equipment and the maritime efforts made by several countries.

Kaag affirmed that many steps have been made and there have been delays, asserting however that "delays are not insurmountable. Delays have a reason, there's a rationale, there's a context" .

"We think the deadline of 30th June can be met", she added.

Kaag stressed that despite the unstable security conditions in Syria there has been a progress, noting that she will go back to Syria by the weekend to continue dialogue and work until eventually reaching the goal.

President of the Secretary Council for the month of February Ambassador of Lithuania "Raimonda Murmokaitė" welcomed the standing cooperation between the Syrian government and the joint mission.

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Wednesday signed with the UN and the OPCW an agreement regarding the legal center of the joint mission and a memo of understanding on securing medical services and medical evacuation services to the joint mission in cases of emergency.

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