12/05/13: The New York Times reports the UN official in charge of coordinating the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal provided new details on Wednesday about the plan to eliminate them, saying the most dangerous materials would be sealed by trained Syrians and sent overland to the country’s Mediterranean port of Latakia, where ships would take them to a second, unspecified foreign port. From there, the official said, the chemicals would be transferred to a specially equipped naval vessel offered by the US, which is capable of safely neutralizing the chemicals at sea. The official, Sigrid Kaag, acknowledged that the overland routes in Syria were dangerous because of the civil war, but that the Syrian authorities were taking steps to secure them and had designated Latakia as the departure point for the chemicals. Under a timetable established by the OPCW, which is collaborating with the UN in a joint mission to oversee the destruction of Syria’s arsenal under a Security Council resolution passed Sept. 27, the most dangerous chemical agents are to be removed from the country by Dec. 31 — less than four weeks away. Under the resolution, the entire stockpile of Syrian chemical weapons must be destroyed by mid-2014.