Danish-led task force gathers for Syria chemical weapons pickup

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, a sticker reading "Toxic" on containers carrying Syria's dangerous chemical weapons, on the Danish cargo ship, Ark Futura, transporting the chemical weapons out of the strife-torn country, in Cyprus coastal waters. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons director general Ahmet Uzumcu said Monday, June 23, 2014, the final shipment of stockpiled chemical weapons has been loaded onto Danish and Norwegian ships for transportation out of Syria.(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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Syria has handed over the remaining 100 tonnes of toxic material it declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, clearing the way for destruction of the stockpile at sea, sources told Reuters on Monday.

The chemicals, roughly 8 percent of a total 1,300 tonnes reported to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), had been held at a storage site which the government of President Bashar al-Assad previously said was inaccessible due to fighting with rebels.

The security situation in the area has now improved and the containers of chemicals have been taken by truck to the port of Latakia, the sources said. (REUTERS)



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