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Syria – Chemical weapons (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - January 16, 2014)

Q : What’s France assessment of the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria? What is the role of French experts?

A : France supports the efforts to ensure the complete and verifiable dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapon arsenal. It has made its best experts available to the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and has mobilized its efforts to ensure that the EU is able to contribute to the destruction process.

The OPCW noted that although it wasn’t possible to meet the deadline of December 31, 2013, for the removal of the most dangerous chemical agents, the deadline of the end of June 2014 for the destruction of the weapons will not be affected. We will continue to closely monitor the entire process.

The Syrian authorities have primary responsibility for the packaging of the materials and their transportation to the port of Latakia. The Syrian authorities must fulfill their obligations as swiftly as possible.



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