OPCW: Syrian chemical arsenal could be destroyed at sea

November 20, 2013 21:34

The world's chemical watchdog said on Wednesday Syria's arsenal of over 1,000 tons of chemical weapons could be disposed of at sea, in the event that no country agrees to destroy them on its soil, AFP reported.

"This possibility has been looked at for some time already," the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told AFP.

"It’s still being looked at and is one of several solutions envisaged by member states and as long as a decision has not been taken, it remains a possibility," OPCW spokesman Christian Chartier said.

He stressed that the possibility of destroying the Syrian chemical stockpile on land was still a relevant option.

"This possibility doesn't exclude the fact that member states continue to think about the possibility of destroying them on land," Chartier told AFP.

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