The Syrian government is recovering from delays in reliquishing its chemical weapons and can still meet the deadline for their entire removal, an official said on Tuesday.
Sigrid Kaag, who heads the joint Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations mission, said Syria agreed to a 60-day timeframe to accelerate the weapons removal and destruction. “But of course our message is always one of continued expectation to achieve more, to do more and to do it safely and securely,” she said.
The international community is working in coordination to destroy about 1,300 metric tons of chemicals. Kaag said about one-third of the stockpile has been removed to date.
WASHINGTON — A chemical weapons attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday.
In a unanimous vote on Saturday, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution aimed at delivering humanitarian aid to Syria.
The 15-member council passed the resolution which demands President Bashar al-Assad’s government and opposition forces allow country-wide access to provide aid for the people of Syria. READ MORE
The governor of Homs, Syria’s third largest city, announced Thursday that a humanitarian ceasefire will continue for three more days to evacuate civilians from the besieged city. Continue reading
Newly-resumed peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and opposition got off to a shaky start Monday, the AP reports, as both sides traded accusations before even meeting face-to-face.
Separate closed-door meetings were held by the United Nations’ Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in order to attempt to flesh out an agenda for the coming week of talks in Geneva. The opposition says the aim of talks is to get President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to agree to the 2012 Geneva Communique, which would set up a transitional government that would replace Assad. However, representatives of the government say they wish to focus on halting terrorism–referring to the Syrian rebels fighting against government forces.
U.S. snowboarder clinches first gold medal of Sochi Olympics
The first day of competition for the Sochi Winter Olympics is underway. American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the 2014 games during the debut of the snowboarding slopestyle competition.
Kotsenburg is the only medal on the board for the U.S., while Norway leads the competition so far with four medals.
Syria on Wednesday failed to meet yet another deadline in the handover of its chemical weapons arsenal. The internationally brokered disarmament agreement is now several weeks behind schedule, threatening an established June 30 deadline. The Syrian government was to entirely … Continue reading