The deadline given by the United Nations Security Council to President Bashar Assad to rid Syria of chemical weapons.
Deliveries to the ship that will carry them to sea for destruction have been missed, and doubts are growing that the June deadline will be met. His decision to give up the stockpile helped him avoid international reprisals for an attack with the nerve agent sarin near Damascus on 21 Aug 2013 that killed hundreds of people. The Syrian government and rebels blamed each other for the attack. Syria's three-year civil war has killed more than 100,000 people and caused millions to flee, according to UN figures.
Date written/update: 2014-05-15