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Syria Deputy FM Faisal al-Mekdad rejects delay claims

Accusations that Syria is delaying the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile are "absolutely unjustifiable", the country's deputy foreign minister has insisted.

Faisal al-Mekdad told the BBC that Syria was "committed to all its agreements - with the OPCW and the UN Security Council".

Syria has about 1,300 tonnes of declared chemical weapons.

The US said last week that so far only about 4% of the stockpile - 30 tonnes - had left the country.

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