Syria misses interim chemical weapons deadline

By the Associated Press | February 5, 2014 | 7:35 AM EST

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Ahmad Jarba, left, who heads a delegation of the Syrian National Coalition enter a hall for their talks in Moscow on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Russia welcomed the National Coalition's participation in the Montreux conference on Syria as the confirmation of the coalition's choice in favour of a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Syria's government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical weapons stockpile but still says it will meet a final deadline of June 30.

Under a timetable set up by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Syria was to have given up its entire stockpile of chemical weapons by Wednesday.

Last week, a U.S. diplomat said Syria had only removed 4 percent of its most toxic chemicals so far. All should have been removed by Dec. 31 under the framework.

Russia said Tuesday that Syria is preparing a new schedule and will make further shipments soon. OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan said his organization is awaiting news from Syria.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mikdad said Syria is still cooperating and plans to meet the June 30 deadline.