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May 13, 2014 10:28 AM by Associated Press

Dane FM: Syria must give up last chemical weapons

ABOARD CARGO SHIP ARK FUTURA (AP) - Denmark's foreign minister is urging Syria to give up the last of its chemical weapons agents within days to meet a June 30 deadline for completely ridding the war-torn country of its lethal stockpile.

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard says there are "serious security problems" concerning the last 16 containers, some of which have agents used to create deadly VX and Sarin nerve gases.

But he told The Associated Press on Tuesday aboard the Danish cargo ship used to ferry the agents out of Syria that these problems can be resolved and that the Syrian government needs to make that a priority.

A Danish-Norwegian flotilla consisting of two warships and two cargo vessels has been moving the chemicals out of Syria for eventual destruction since January.

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