Libya chemical weapons: ‘Last ingredients’ set for destruction

Libya destroyed its stockpiles of chemical weapons in 2014.

However, hazardous materials the country still held remained a cause for international concern.

“These chemical weapon precursors have not been weaponised and now they never will be by anyone,” the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said.

The international chemical weapons watchdog will now verify the destruction of all the component materials at a specialist plant in Muenster, Germany.

A ship from Denmark, accompanied by both Danish and UK naval vessels, left the Libyan port of Misrata on August 30, carrying the final shipment of chemical containers.

Libya has been wracked by political instability since the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country has two rival parliaments and three governments, and hundreds of armed militias.

Gaddafi’s government began dismantling its stockpile of chemical weapons over a decade ago, with the last destroyed by the new authorities in 2014.

But the existence of chemicals, which could be turned into weapons, remained a concern, particularly as the so-called Islamic State group began to gain a foothold in the African nation.

 

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