Final cannisters of Syria's chemical arsenal destroyed

2016-01-05 20:00


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The Hague - An American company has completed the destruction of the last of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says in a statement that US firm Veolia destroyed the last 75 cylinders containing hydrogen fluoride at a facility in Texas.

OPCW spokesperson Malik Ellahi said on Tuesday the destruction had been delayed because some cylinders had been badly corroded.

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu has welcomed the milestone but adds that the watchdog is continuing efforts to "address ongoing use of toxic chemicals as weapons" in Syria and is still checking the accuracy of the declaration detailing its chemical arsenal made by Damascus when it joined the organisation in 2013.

Destruction of the most dangerous elements of Syria's declared arsenal was completed in August last year.

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