Denmark, Norway to move chemical weapons out of Syria

Dec. 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM   |   0 comments

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Norway and Denmark have agreed to a joint operation to remove chemical weapons from Syria, officials in both countries say.

Denmark will play the leading role, the Copenhagen Post reported Friday. The U.N. Security Council has approved the plan, which will involve both naval and commercial vessels from Norway and Denmark.

Defense ministers Nicolai Wammen of Denmark and Ine Eriksen Soreide released a joint statement describing the effort as "an excellent example of Nordic co-operation."

"We welcome the possibility for Denmark and Norway to contribute to the important mission of destroying Syria's chemical weapons in order to prevent further atrocities on the civilian population," they said. "Both our countries have long experience in maritime operations and we are used to working together in other international operations and exercises."

The United Nations in an announcement said all class 3 chemical weapons in Syria have now been dismantled. Launching facilities at chemical weapons sites have also been rendered inoperable.

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