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8 September 2016

Secretary-General Welcomes Removal of Chemical Weapons Precursors from Libya

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the successful removal of all chemical weapons precursors from Libya, in an operation facilitated and coordinated by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).  The operation took place further to a decision by the OPCW Executive Council and endorsed by the Security Council through resolution 2298 (2016).

The Secretary-General also welcomes the contribution of personnel, technical expertise, equipment, financial and other resources by Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the contribution by Denmark of maritime assets to transport the chemicals to Germany for destruction.

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