UN chemical inspectors in Syria 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abdullah)
UNITED NATIONS- The United Nations and the
global chemical weapons watchdog are awaiting approval from a
country to use its port to load Syria's most deadly chemicals
onto a US ship for destruction offshore, the head of the
mission said on Wednesday.
, head of the joint mission of the United Nations
and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
mission, briefed the UN Security Council on Wednesday
but did not identify which country she had been in talks with.
The OPCW said on Saturday the United States
modifying a US naval vessel to be able to destroy Syria
tons of chemicals, including actual nerve agents - neutralizing
them offshore with other chemicals in a process known as
have offered to transport Syria
chemicals from the northern Syrian port of Latakia
escorts. The chemicals would then be transferred to the US
ship at another port.
"We're still awaiting confirmation by a member state that a
port is available for trans-loading, so it will be trans-loading
in a port," Kaag told reporters after briefing the council.
When asked if the port to be used would likely be in the
, she said: "The geographic range is quite
significant, so no, not necessarily. At the moment, we're
discussing and we're hoping to have early confirmation soon."
-based OPCW, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in
October, has been given the task of overseeing destruction of
's chemical weapons stocks under an agreement that averted
US missile strikes.