Syria Surrenders the Last of Its Declared Chemical Weapons

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced this morning that Syria has handed over the last of its declared chemical weapons stockpile. However, OPCW's director general, Ahmet Uzumcu, acknowledged on Monday that Syria may not have declared some of its arsenal. "I can't say that Syria doesn't have any chemical weapons anymore," he said.

According to the Associated Press, the last eight percent of Syria's 1,300-ton chemical weapons stockpile, which includes mustard gas and materials to make sarin nerve gas, was loaded onto Danish and Norwegian ships. From there, the weapons will go to the U.S.-owned MV Cape Ray, which is "equipped with facilities to render toxic material inert." Uzumcu noted that the Syrian government's cooperation with OPCW has been "satisfactory."

Syria agreed to turn over its stockpile after the U.S. threatened strikes following a chemical attack that killed 1,400 people in Damascus last August.

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