Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Syria Misses Another Deadline on Chemical Weapons Syria Misses Another Deadline on Chemical Weapons

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Syria Misses Another Deadline on Chemical Weapons

Syrian officials said they would submit a timeline for turning over the rest of the country's chemical materials.

+

Two shipments of chemical weapons are currently sitting on a ship in the Mediterranean.(Joshua Adam Nuzzo/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

Syria missed Wednesday's deadline to turn over its chemical weapons, raising questions about the overall timeline to dismantle its chemical-weapons program.

But the news that Syria missed the Feb. 5 deadline isn't a complete surprise; earlier reports had suggested the country would fail to meet the deadline, which is part of its agreement with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The OPCW is overseeing the dismantling and destruction of Syria's chemical-weapons program.

 

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Gennady Gatilov, said Tuesday that Syria would hand over all of its chemical weapons by March 1, but Western diplomats told Reuters there is little evidence that additional shipments are pending.

It's not the first time Syria has missed a deadline. It didn't turn over its most toxic chemicals by Dec. 31. So far, the country has turned over two shipments of chemical materials. The first left Syria in early January, the second last week.

The Syrian government has come under increasing criticism by U.S. and Western officials over slowing the destruction of its chemicals, with a senior U.S. official calling it a "credibility issue" for the government.

 

Officials from nearly a dozen countries also said last week that the Syrian government was to blame for the lack of serious progress in a recent round of talks in Geneva aimed at ending the three-year-old civil war.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Keeps me informed about national leadership concerns."

Senior Military Officer

The best!"

Mark, Compensation Analyst

Timely and informative."

Dave, HR specialist

I can browse over breakfast or while on the metro."

AJ, US Army Officer

Sign up form for the newsletter
Comments
comments powered by Disqus
 
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL