Saturday 25 October 2014

Libya 'destroys chemical weapons'

Published 05/02/2014 | 05:52

Libya built up its chemical weapons arsenal under Moammar Gadhafi

Libya says its caches of chemical weapons, including bombs and artillery shells filled with mustard gas, have been completely destroyed.

Foreign minister Mohammed Abdel-Aziz made his announcement yesterday, after a mission was completed few days ago.

"Libya is totally empty of any presence of chemical weapons ... which could pose threat to the safety of people, the environment, or neighbouring regions," he said in remarks carried by Libya's state news agency.

Before dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed, Libya declared in 2004 it had 25 metric tons of sulphur mustard and 1,400 metric tons of precursor chemicals used to make weapons.

It also declared more than 3,500 unfilled aerial bombs designed for use with chemical warfare agents such as mustard gas, and three chemical weapons production facilities.

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