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First batch of Syria’s chemical weapons delivered to port of Latakia

January 07, 2014, 19:07 UTC+3 BEIRUT
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BEIRUT, January 07, /ITAR-TASS/. The first batch of Syria’s chemical weapons was delivered to the port of Latakia, the Al Mayadeen television channel reports. The containers will be loaded aboard two bulk carriers provided by Denmark and Norway.

The two bulk carriers and two coastal guard ships sailed off from Cyprus’ Limassol three days ago. On their way to an Italian port, these ships will be convoyed by the Russian Petr Velikiy missile cruiser and the Chinese Yancheng frigate. Apart from that, Russia has lent heavy-duty trucks to take poisonous substances from Damascus to Latakia.

Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN) joint mission, said that a slight delay would be no obstacle for the international community in this operation. All chemical weapons are to be taken out of Syria by February 5, 2014. The most poisonous agents are to be destroyed outside Syria by March 31, 2014, the rest - by June 30, 2014.

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