Delays possible in Syria chemicals weapons mission

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Associated Press

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 10:35 AM

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The head of the organization leading the mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons says there may be delays in transporting the chemicals out of the war-torn country.

Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said Monday the Dec. 31 deadline to get the most toxic chemicals out of Syria "will be quite difficult to meet."

He also called the goal to get less toxic chemicals out of Syria by Feb. 5 "quite an ambitious timeline" and added "there might be a few days' delay."

Nevertheless, Uzumcu said he's hopeful all the Syrian chemicals will be destroyed by mid-2014 as planned.

He spoke to reporters in Oslo, where he was to collect the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the OPCW on Tuesday.

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