UN: Entire declared Syrian stockpile of Isopropanol destroyed

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A joint mission overseeing the elimination of chemical weapons program in Syria confirmed on Tuesday that the country has destroyed all its declared arsenal of a chemical called Isopropanol, a UN spokesman told reporter here, Xinhua reported.

"From Syria, the United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Joint Mission confirms the destruction of the entire declared Syrian stockpile of Isopropanol, " Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN secretary-general, said at the daily briefing.

Under a destruction plan approved by the OPCW in November, Syria was required to destroy its stocks -- estimated at around 100 tons -- of Isopropanol, which can be used as an ingredient of sarin.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson quoted the mission as saying that " 7.2 percent of Syria's chemical weapons material remains in the country and awaits swift removal for onward destruction."

"The Joint Mission urges the Syrian authorities to undertake this task as soon as possible," Dujarric added.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution in September last year to rid the war-torn Middle East country of its chemical weapons. Under the resolution, the OPCW was mandated to oversee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons materials. The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January.

As per the decisions taken by the Security Council and the OPCW Executive Council, the full arsenal of Syria's chemical weapons should be destroyed by June 30, 2014.

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