Ships return to port without Syrian chemical weapons, delay in first step

SyriaA Danish frigate, which is part of a joint Danish-Norwegian task force that will assist in overseeing the transportation of lethal chemical agents out of Syria, docks at Limassol port. - Reuters

Bad weather, shifting scenes of battle and inaccessible roads have delayed the transportation of chemical weapons from the 12 governmental facilities to the port of Latakia, where Norwegian and Danish fleets are waiting to take them to Italy.

Russian-equipped trucks are carrying the chemical weapons and other related substances through the Syrian terrain under the supervision of American satellites and Chinese cameras.

The operation has an international character. In addition to the joint and coordinated operations in Syria, the Danish and Norwegian fleets will take the weapons to Italy, where they will taken over by the US ships. The weapons will then be destroyed in international waters.

However, despite the approval of all-powerful president Bashar al-Assad, the group of lorries failed to Latakia till Tuesday, when the fleet awaiting it departed for Cyrpus to dock at the Limassol port.

The Syrian Civil War has run for almost three years now and has resulted in deaths, kidnappings and migrations of hundreds of thousands of people. It shows no sign of abetting.

Fresh reports on Tuesday claimed at least 10 persons were killed after a missile hit a bus in the northern city of Aleppo, a rebel-held town.

Peace talks to find solutions to the Syrian crisis are slated for later this month at Montreaux in Switzerland, where leaders from around the world will meet. Although Assad has okayed the talks, it remains to be seen if parties to the conflict turn up and take the occasion seriously. So far, efforts to engage the warring parties diplomatically have come to nil.

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