OPCW chief hails destruction of Libyan CWs

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Uzumcu, applauded Thursday the complete elimination of chemical materials removed from Libya and transported to Germany for destruction.

“Today’s event marks a historic occasion for disarmament and international security. It heralds the end of Libya’s chemical demilitarisation process and another step towards fulfilling the core goal of the Chemical Weapons Convention – the complete and permanent eradication of all chemical weapons” said Uzumcu in a statement.

He noted that the removal and destruction of approximately 500 metric tonnes of Libya’s chemical agents was an extraordinary operation that involved close international cooperation”.

The ceremony was hosted by the Government of Germany and held today at the chemical weapons destruction facility operated in the German city of Munster.

During the ceremony, Uzumcu presented a certificate to the Libyan government in recognition of the complete destruction of all its declared chemical weapon stockpiles.

The OPCW’s Executive Council on 20 July 2016 adopted a decision calling for necessary international assistance in response to the Libyan Government of National Accord’s request for help destroying its remaining 2 chemical weapons outside of Libya.

Source: Kuwait News Agency