Cargo of Syrian chemical arms embarks for USA, Finland

Ship awaits complete loading before heading to Italian port

06 June, 11:00

    A chemical attack exercise during the Eager Lion Military Exercises in Jordan, with Jordan and UAE soldiers monitored by US forces A chemical attack exercise during the Eager Lion Military Exercises in Jordan, with Jordan and UAE soldiers monitored by US forces

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 6 - The Norwegian freighter Taiko left the Syrian port of Latakia Friday morning to take chemical weapons materials to Finland and to the United States for disposal, sources at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told ANSA.

    The toxic arms are to be dealt with by civilian industry groups Ekokem of Finland and the multinational Veolia.

    Loading is not yet complete on the Danish ship Ark Futura, which is scheduled to make a stop at the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro. The chemical materials will then be loaded onto the US cargo vessel the Cape Ray, equipped for the purpose. The Cape Ray will then weigh anchor for an unspecified area between Greece, Italy and Libya, where 64 specialists from the Edgewood Center, the largest chemical and biological research center of the US armed forces, will oversee the destruction of the toxic materials. 

    A protest against the planned destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in the Mediterranean Sea was organized Thursday evening in the central square of Chania, on the northern coast of the Greek island Crete. Numerous of the island's inhabitants, scientists and environmental organizations are concerned that the destruction of the Syrian regime's chemical arsenal will be carried out in an area of the sea 200 nautical miles (about 370 km) southwest of Crete. (ANSAmed).

     

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