Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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

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.


  1. Aus Syrien Erste Chemiewaffen außer Landes gebracht...

    Überschattet vom blutigen Syrien-Konflikt sind die ersten syrischen Chemiewaffen zur Vernichtung aus dem Land abtransportiert worden. Es ist eine der riskantesten UN-Operationen.....http://www.n24.de/n24/Nachrichten/Politik/d/4088028/erste-chemiewaffen-ausser-landes-gebracht.html

  2. Chemical weapons destruction......

    .....A U.S. cargo ship departed Monday on a mission to destroy dozens of containers of deadly chemical weapons being removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle that country's poison gas and nerve agent program.

    Defense officials said the MV Cape Ray, which was loaded with sophisticated equipment, left Monday night for the roughly two-week trip across the Atlantic and into the Mediterranean. The mission was delayed briefly when there was an electrical problem with one of the ship's two main engines.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to Captain Rick Jordan and the 135-member crew telling them they were embarking on a "historic mission."

    "You are about to accomplish something no one has tried," Hagel wrote in the letter released by the Defense Department.

    "You will be destroying at sea one of the world's largest stockpiles of chemical weapons and helping make a safer world," he wrote.

    Last year, the U.N. Security Council last year backed a U.S.-Russian deal to remove and destroy Syria's chemical arsenal.

    The agreement was brokered as a way to avert US missile strikes that Washington threatened after a chemical attack near Damascus, which Washington and other Western governments blamed on the regime.

    Under the accord, Syria's entire chemical arsenal is to be eliminated by June 30.

    (With Reuters, AP and AFP)

  3. Removal of chemical weapons from Syria fails ....

    The deadline by which the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) must remove all toxic agents from Syria expires on Wednesday. It is evident that the deadline will not be met. However, it is not clear so far what consequences this will lead to.

    The plan, adopted by the OPCW Executive Council on November 15, last year, envisaged that all chemical weapons and their components would be removed from Syria before December 31, 2013, and destroyed aboard a special Americian ship configured for these purposes, the Cape Ray, ITAR-TASS writes. However, on December 18, 2013, OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu did not rule out the possibility of delays brought on by "situation concerning logistics, clearing procedures for international transportation, and even unvafourable weather conditions". That the "removal of the most hazardous agents is unlikely" was stated on December 28 by the UN/OPCW joint mission which is responsible for the destruction of the chemical stocks of the Syrian Arab Republic (S.A.R.).

    The beginning of this year did not add optimism. The first batch of hazardous chemicals was removed from Syria on January 7, and the second one almost three weeks later, on January 27. Somewhat later it transpired that this was accounted for less than 5 percent of the overall amount of agents subject to removal. Instability in Syria was mentioned as the cause of so slow a process.

    The state of affairs regarding less dangeours chemical substances which are also subject to destruction, is no better. The deadline for the removal of toxic agents from Syria expires on Wednesday. However, this deadline is not met either, since priority is given to chemical weapons. It is not even clear so far who will destroy those less dangerous chemicals, as well as the reaction masses which develop after destruction of the chemical weapons proper.-
    Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_02_05/Removal-of-chemical-weapons-from-Syria-fails-7207/

    1. Armes chimiques en Syrie: le démantèlement à la peine....

      Les composants chimiques devraient avoir quitté le territoire syrien ce mercredi. Mais le processus de démantèlement a pris du retard: la Syrie traîne des pieds et les Etats-Unis s'agacent.

      Une deuxième date butoir sonne ce mercredi en Syrie. Alors que les combats font toujours plus de morts, le démantèlement de l'arsenal chimique avance à -très- petits pas.

      Le 31 décembre, la première échéance d'évacuation des 700 tonnes de composants chimiques les plus dangereux n'avait pas été respectée. Les conditions météorologiques et l'intensité des combats étaient alors les principaux facteurs pointés du doigt par le régime de Bachar el-Assad.

      Ce mercredi, la totalité des 500 tonnes de composants de "Catégorie Deux", moins dangereux, devrait avoir quitté le territoire syrien via le port de Lattaquié. Il n'en sera rien. Cette fois, l'excuse ne convainc plus, et le secrétaire d'Etat américain John Kerry a menacé Damas de sanctions en cas de non respect des obligations........En savoir plus sur http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/proche-moyen-orient/armes-chimiques-en-syrie-le-demantelement-a-la-peine_1320567.html#E1LAEKtIjtHEVxOz.99


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