The cargo vessel Taiko that is expected to be loaded with Syria's chemical agents at the Syrian port of Latakia before their transfer out of the country for destruction. (AFP PHOTO/Marthe Brendefur/NORWEGIAN ARMED FORCES)
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Syria will miss a U.N.-backed June 30 deadline to destroy its chemical arsenal, possibly by several months, sources said Thursday, amid growing Western frustration with Damascus' perceived delays.With just 11 percent of Syria's chemicals out of the country after a series of missed deadlines, an Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons meeting Friday will hear calls for Syria to do more.Because of the missed deadlines, Syria has submitted a new 100-day time frame that sees all its chemicals removed from the country by the last week of May, a source close to the matter told AFP.Western diplomats at an OPCW Executive Council meeting last month expressed frustration with the repeatedly delayed process, accusing Syria of unilaterally changing the June 30 destruction cutoff into a deadline for the chemicals to have left the country.
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