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Italy confirms port availability for Syrian chemical weapons transfer: media

English.news.cn   2014-01-05 08:22:49            

ROME, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed it has made one of the country's ports available for the transfer of Syrian chemical materials to an American ship for their destruction, Rai state television reported on Saturday.

The Foreign Ministry said Italy has provided a "port for the transshipment of Syrian chemicals" prior to their "destruction in international waters," reported Rai.

According to earlier reports, a Norwegian and a Danish ships on Friday set sail for Syria to pick up the material.

The chemicals will be brought over "in sealed containers, following strict technical and environmental standards" and will be destroyed through hydrolysis, the Foreign Ministry added.

In accordance with the decision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the removal of Syrian chemical weapons and the UN Security Council Resolution 2118 in September 2013, the materials will be delivered to an American ship for destruction.

Vessels from China, Russia, Denmark and Norway are set to escort the transportation.

Editor: Shen Qing
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