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Friday 18 April 2014

Chemical weapons to leave Syria

A Danish frigate, which is part of a joint Danish-Norwegian task force that will assist in overseeing the transportation of lethal chemical agents out of Syria
A Danish frigate, which is part of a joint Danish-Norwegian task force that will assist in overseeing the transportation of lethal chemical agents out of Syria

A DANISH chemical expert said Danish and Norwegian ships can safely ferry up to 500 tonnes of Syria's chemical weapons out of the strife-torn country.

Bjoern Schmidt said sealed containers full of chemical compounds, which when mixed can create lethal Sarin and VX gases, will be loaded at opposite ends of the two cargo ships.

Cmdr Henrik Holck Rasmussen, of Danish frigate HDMS Esbern Snare, said two cargo ships will go to Syria as many times as needed to pick up all chemical weapons. The Danish warship and a Norwegian frigate will act as escorts.

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