Libia gives up last lot of chemicals used to produce weapons

Libia gives up last lot of chemicals used to produce weaponsLibya’s remaining stockpile of potential chemical weapons has been successfully transported abroad in an operation aimed at keeping them safe from militants, according to a watchdog, The Guardian informed.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said the stockpile – hundreds of tonnes of industrial chemicals – had been removed for destruction abroad with the help of several countries.

Libya’s UN-brokered national unity government in July made a formal request for international assistance to have the chemicals removed.

Libya had planned to destroy the chemicals itself but fighting with Islamic State and political instability had raised fears the stockpile would be taken by insurgents. The unity government asked for the help of the OPCW, which won the Nobel Peace prize for ridding Syria of its declared chemical weapons.

Tripoli had already destroyed weapons that were ready for use including armed munitions and the most deadly, or “category 1”, toxins with the help of western countries. But that still left around 850 tonnes of industrial chemicals that could be used to produce weapons.

The operation was assisted by Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, Britain and the United States, the OPCW said.

Source: The Guardian
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