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Last dangerous chemicals shipped from Syria: watchdog

Published on Jun 23, 2014 9:35 PM
 
A handout picture taken on Jan 7, 2014, and released by Norwegian Armed Forces shows the Danish cargo ship "Ark Futura" arriving at the Syrian port of Latakia before being loaded with Syria's chemical agents before their transfer out of the country for destruction. The last of Syria's declared chemical weapons have been shipped from the war-torn country and are en route for destruction at sea, the world's chemical weapons watchdog said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The last of Syria's declared chemical weapons have been shipped from the war-torn country and are en route for destruction at sea, the world's chemical weapons watchdog said on Monday.

"As we speak, the ship (carrying the last chemicals) has just left the port (of Latakia)," Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said at a press conference in The Hague.

"Removing the stockpile of precursor and other chemicals has been a fundamental condition in the programme to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons programme," Mr Uzumcu said.

Syria had previously shipped out 92 per cent of its stockpile of chemical weapons under the terms of a UN-backed and US-Russia brokered agreement last year.

 
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