Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN) joint mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, December 30, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri
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The head of a mission overseeing the dismantling of Syria's chemical arsenal has urged Damascus to speed up operations, amid Western concerns the regime is deliberately dragging its feet.Syria, Kaag said, was continuing to display "constructive cooperation" despite missing several deadlines to ship chemical material out of the country.The Syrian government has said it remains committed to the June 30, 2014 deadline, but that security problems related to the ongoing conflict were causing delays.Syria agreed to hand over its chemical weapons for destruction after Washington threatened military action in response to a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus in August 2013 .
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