ATHENS, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Greece requested further assurances that the Mediterranean environment will not be affected during the transportation and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, according to a Foreign Ministry announcement on Wednesday.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos "has asked the EU High Representative to act in the name of the Council to ensure that there be no doubt on the part of the UN or the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as to the security and protection of the Mediterranean environment during the process of the transporting and destruction of Syrian chemical weapons,"the announcement said.
Greece holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2014.
Venizelos who is attending the Geneva II conference on the Syrian crisis in Switzerland also discussed the matter with his Italian counterpart, with whom he agreed on the sending of a letter to the director of the OPCW regarding the issue, according to the announcement.
The Greek Foreign Ministry added that during the German foreign minister's recent visit to Athens a few weeks ago, the latter said that the goal was to transport the product of the hydrolysis process which was chosen to neutralize the weapons at sea and complete its destruction in Germany.
Representatives of environmental organizations Greenpeace, Oceanica, and the WWF have been briefed by the director general of OPCW in the Hague who assured them that nothing would be dumped in the Mediterranean during the process of the neutralization of Syria's chemical weapons, the statement added.