OPCW Finds Undeclared Chemical Weapons in Libya


0  Updated at 6:10 am, January 21st, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Salah Malkawi/ Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) — Inspectors found that former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had undeclared chemical weapons.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced on Friday that inspectors visited Libya from Tuesday to Thursday to verify the weapons which were discovered by the new regime following the fall of Gadhafi’s 42-year rule last year.

The inspectors found chemical weapons which consist of sulfur mustard agents. Libya joined the OPCW in 2004 and declared some material but not all. The chemicals are now being stored at a depot in southeastern Libya,

“The two-fold purpose of this inspection was to verify the new declaration in terms of types and quantities of chemical weapons, and to assist Libyan authorities in determining whether another set of discovered materials is declarable under the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention,” said OPCW.

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