Sunday 21 January 2018

Ireland plays part on weapons

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

IRELAND is to contribute to the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, who is meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the UN's General Assembly in New York this week, said Ireland will provide €200,000 to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Ireland is on the OPCW's executive council, which is expected to approve a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile later this week.

Mr Gilmore said: "The process of eliminating Syria's chemical weapons must be quick, credible and comprehensive in order to ensure that their use can never again be contemplated. This is critical for the Syrian people, who have suffered so much, and will improve the security of the Middle East region as a whole."

Irish Independent

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