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First chemical materials removed from Syria by ship: UN-OPCW

Published on Jan 7, 2014 11:11 PM
 
Handout picture taken on Dec 29, 2013 and released on Jan 7, 2014 shows a Norwegian soldier standing guard on one of four Danish and Norwegian vessels deployed to bring Syria’s chemical agents to destruction, during preparations in international waters close to Syria. The first ship carrying Syrian chemical materials left the port of Latakia on Jan 7, 2014 under a deal to rid the country of its chemical arsenal, said the joint mission overseeing the disarmament. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

DAMASCUS (AFP) - A first shipment of chemical material has been removed from Syria under a deal to rid the country of its chemical arsenal, the joint mission overseeing the disarmament said on Tuesday.

"A first quantity of priority chemical materials was moved from two sites to the port of Latakia for verification and was then loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel today," the mission said in a statement, adding that the boat had sailed for international waters.

It added that the boat had sailed for international waters.

“This movement initiates the process of transfer of chemical materials from the Syrian Arab Republic to locations outside its territory for destruction,” the statement said.

 
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