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Syrian chemical weapons. The deadline will be kept (UPDATE)

(B2) The Director General of the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Üzümcü, confirmed, during a press briefing in Rome this morning, that he remains confident that the date of June 30, 2014 for the complete destruction of the Syrian chemical arsenal can be held. Even if he “warned” of a “possible delay in the destruction of priority chemical substances”, scheduled for March 31, 2014 at the latest.

The OPCW director also confirmed that the transshipment of priority Syrian chemicals from the Danish ship to the American ship MV Cape Ray, will take place in the port of Gioia Tuaro. A port located in the south of Italy and specialized in transhipment activities. " The MV Cape Ray was equipped with two hydrolysis units » – he clarified – “ which will neutralize some 560 tonnes of priority Syrian chemicals as the ship anchors in international waters. » The advantage of loading the Cape Ray “in a port” is “to improve the safety and security of the operation” he added.

NB: in addition to making the port available, Italy provided a plane to transport the first team of OPCW inspectors to Syria and paid 3 million euros.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).