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UN chief: Eliminating Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014 will require 'unprecedented effort'
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, December 2, 2013 3:45 PM EST
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reporting progress toward the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons but says meeting the mid-2014 deadline under the "volatile" security conditions in the war-torn country requires an "unprecedented effort" by the international community.
He said "Syrian authorities are being encouraged to consider alternative options to ensure the safety and security of inland transportation for the chemical material."
Ban also said "full clarity" on plans to remove the chemical material from Syria and destroy it elsewhere "is critical, including the location for destruction."