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        1/1/2014, Tevet 29, 5774

      Syria Likely to Miss Chem. Weapons Destruction Deadline

      Jargan Post reports Syria had been due to turn over some of the deadliest chemicals in its arsenal to ships by the end of the year, for delivery to a US boat which is to destroy them at sea.
      But Norwegian and Danish vessels that had been waiting off the Syrian coast returned to port in Cyprus as it became clear the mission would not go ahead as scheduled, says Jargan Post.
      Lars Hovtun, a spokesman for the Norwegian ship HNoMS Helge Ingstad, gave no new date for the mission to escort the dangerous cargo out of Syria.
      "We are still on high alert to go into Syria. We still don't know exactly when the orders will come,” he said.
      Jargan Post adds the international disarmament mission in Syria has acknowledged it is "unlikely" the weapons can be transported to Latakia port in time for the December 31 deadline.
      But the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons remained positive, saying the overall plan to rid Syria of its chemical arsenal was on track.