Inspectors press Syria on chemical arms ‘discrepancies’: UN

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United Nations: Inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal have asked President Bashar al-Assad’s government to clarify disparities in its original declaration on its cache of toxic gas, diplomats said.

The envoys were citing remarks by Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint mission to Syria of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, who was briefing the 15-member U.N. Security Council.

“The (U.N.-OPCW) team has been in Damascus seeking clarification on discrepancies in the original declaration,” a diplomat present at the closed-door meeting told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Speaking to reporters after the council meeting, Kaag spoke of ongoing efforts to overcome the declaration’s “deficiencies that have been identified, in collaboration with the authorities.” She did not elaborate.

The Western diplomat who attended the meeting said some of the discrepancies went beyond routine errors, noting that there were omissions from Syria’s declaration.