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UN Authorizes Countries to Help Destroy Libya's Chemical Weapons

Sputnik News

00:14 23.07.2016

The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution which allows states to receive, take away and destroy Libyan chemical weapons in order to help the country eliminate the toxic agents.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The resolution refers to a second category of substances under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction.

The process of Lybian chemical weapons destruction will take place under the supervision of the secretariat and the member countries of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

On July 20, the OPCW decided to support Libya in the attempt to develop a plan for the destruction of toxic agents. The UN Security Council resolution 2298 supported the OPCW's decision support.

The resolution was adopted against the backdrop of the fears that the chemical weapons might get in the hands of terrorists operating in Libya.

The draft resolution was proposed by the United Kingdom.

Libya joined the UN convention on eliminating chemical weapons in 2004.


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