Last Consignment of Chemicals Leaves Syria

The Hague, June 23 (QNA) – The last of the remaining chemicals identified for removal from Syria were loaded Monday afternoon aboard the Danish ship Ark Futura, it was announced by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu called the event a “landmark.”
“The ship made its last call at the port of Latakia in what has been a long and patient campaign in support of this international endeavor,” Uzumcu said in a statement quoted by the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

OPCW sent its first inspector team to Syria last October to begin the mission to destroy the chemical weapons program of Syria. “Removing the stockpile of precursor and other chemicals has been a fundamental condition in the program to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons,” the statement said.

The next stage in the mission is the completion of maritime operations to deliver the chemicals for destruction at the assigned facility on board the U.S. vessel Cape Ray and at commercial facilities in Finland, Germany, Britain and the United States. (QNA)

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