Libyan leaders urged to destroy chemical weapons

Lynn Pascoe (right)

The new Libyan leadership, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has been urged to resume the destruction of chemical weapons in the country.

The call came from the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe, who briefed the Security Council on Monday.

Mr. Pascoe said the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons or OPCW, is working to confirm reports that NTC forces have discovered a depot of chemical weapon materials in Juffra, 435 miles south of Tripoli.

He said these materials were previously undeclared and called on the NTC to take action about these materials.

"It remains important for the NTC to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of all remaining chemical weapons stockpiles in Libya and as the situation in the country allows resume destruction activities in cooperation with the OPCW and other agencies. The NTC may now wish to invite inspectors back to the site."

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