Thursday, July 24, 2014

All toxic chemicals removed from Syria now at destruction sites (OPCW)

All the toxic chemicals removed from Syria under a deal with the Syrian government to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile have been delivered to destruction facilities outside the country, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement that the 1,300 tonnes of chemicals removed from Syria were now being destroyed at various locations. The watchdog said 32 percent of the total had been destroyed by July 21.

The OPCW also announced that the 12 former chemical weapons production facilities in Syria would be placed beyond use. Seven hangars would be razed to the ground, it said, while five underground structures would be sealed off permanently.
The Hague-based organisation was given the task of overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stocks after a sarin gas attack on the outskirts of Damascus last year which killed hundreds of people.
Six hundred tonnes of the most deadly chemicals are being destroyed using equipment installed on a U.S. vessel, the MV Cape Ray. The remainder are being destroyed at commercial land-based facilities in Finland, Britain and the United States.
The presence of such large quantities of toxic chemicals has caused public alarm and was met with stiff opposition from local politicians and residents in some of the countries participating in the destruction process.
In January, the Italian government was forced to reassure residents near the port of GioiaTauro, where the chemicals were transloaded, that they were in no danger.

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  1. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Thursday that 31.8 percent of chemical weapons, removed from Syria earlier this year, have been destroyed....

    The process to destroy the dangerous chemicals is under way at facilities in Finland, the United States and the United Kingdom.

    All 1300 metric tons of chemicals removed from the Syrian Arab Republic by the joint mission of the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons and of the UN have been delivered to destruction facilities outside the country, OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü announced on Thursday.

    “Destruction activities are now underway in all locations,” Üzümcü told the OPCW Executive Council in The Hague.

    In its meeting on Thursday, the OPCW Executive Council adopted a decision regarding the destruction and verification of 12 former chemical weapons production facilities in Syria.

    Under this decision, seven hangers will be razed to the ground and five underground structures will be permanently sealed, rendering them inaccessible.

    These destruction activities of chemical weapons production facilities are scheduled to begin within 60 days.


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