Inspectors can't access 2 Syria chemical sites

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Associated Press

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 12:05 PM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog says its inspectors in Syria have not been able to reach two sites because of security concerns, meaning that one of the first in a series of tight deadlines on the path toward destroying the country's poison gas stockpile by mid-2014 has been missed.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Monday that as of Sunday its inspectors in Syria have checked 21 out of 23 sites declared by Damascus to be part of its poison gas and nerve agent program.

The mission update didn't say who was responsible for the security problem, but that negotiations "to ensure the conditions necessary for safe access" to the two remaining sites will continue.

Officials have said cease-fires may be needed to reach some sites.

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