Foreign relations / Security and defence

Syrian chemical weapons “will use Italian port of call”

The Italian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that the chemical weapons seized in Syria will be temporarily stored in an Italian seaport in Sicily or Sardinia before being loaded onto a US ship, which will dismantle them in the high seas before turning the remains to civilian contractors.

The weapons will arrive aboard Norwegian and Danish ships. They were supposed to call in Albania, but Tirana refused.

The plan was drafted by the United States, Russia and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international organization with its seat in The Hague, Netherlands. OPCW is not part of the United Nations system, but has a Relationship Agreement with the UN.

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