Officials from the ‘Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ had expected the deadline to be missed.
“We understand that a number of factors have added up which have made the Syrian authorities unable to meet this December 31 deadline – the poor weather in certain parts of Syria is one of these factors and, of course, the volatility of the security situation,” explained OPCWspokesman Christian Chartier.
In a separate development, an anti-President Bashar al-Assad monitoring group based in Britain estimates that at least 130,000 people have been killed in the conflict since it began in March 2011.
- Syria Misses Deadline to Deliver First Tranche of Chemical Weapons to Port of Latakia (matthewaid.com)
- Syria to Miss First Chemical-Weapons Removal Deadline (nationalreview.com)
- Ships waiting to remove Syria’s chemical weapons have returned to port in Cyprus (spyghana.com)
- Removal of chemical weapons from Syria delayed (reuters.com)