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Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Or...Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), holds a press conference in Rome on January 16, 2014. Uzumcu voiced concern about reports from the Syrian government of attacks on two chemical facilities but said they could not be independently verified. A United Nations-backed plan to destroy Syria's 1,290-tonne declared chemical weapons arsenal has been delayed by the fighting raging across the country. Uzumcu said that talks were ongoing for "temporary truces" to allow the safe passage of chemical arms convoys to the Syrian port of Latakia for loading. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Get

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Ahmet Uzümcü, director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, holds a press conference in Rome. Mr Uzümcü voiced concern about reports from the Syrian government of attacks on two chemical facilities but said they could not be independently verified. A UN-backed plan to destroy Syria‘s 1,290-tonne declared chemical weapons arsenal has been delayed by the fighting raging across the country

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, Syrian students salute while listening to the national anthem before entering their classrooms in Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syriaís chemical weapons stockpile.(AP Photo)

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Syrian students salute while listening to the national anthem before entering their classrooms in Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over the country’s chemical weapons stockpile Read more

Anti war protesters gather on College Green outside the Houses of Parliament on August 29, 2013 in London, England. Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled Parliament's to debate the UK's response to a suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria.

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Anti-war protesters gather on College Green outside the Houses of Parliament on Thursday in London. Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled Parliament to debate the UK’s response to a suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria.