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Chemical weapons watchdog urges Syria to intensify efforts on stockpile disposal

The global chemical weapons watchdog is urging Syria to intensify efforts to get its stockpile of raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents to a port, so it can be shipped out of the country and destroyed.

The appeal was made Wednesday, a day after the first batch of toxic chemicals — believed to be precursors for mustard gas and sarin — was loaded onto a Danish cargo ship in the Syrian port of Latakia and shipped toward international waters.

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons spokesman Michael Luhan says the Nobel Peace Prize-winning watchdog is "exhorting the Syrian government to intensify its efforts so we can conclude this critical part of this mission absolutely as fast as conditions allow."