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Foreign help to destroy chemical weapons in Libya

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The United Nations (UN) has passed a resolution, which authorizes foreign countries to assist Libya in disposing of its chemical weapons. The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said that passing this resolution reduces the risk of the chemical weapons of falling into the wrong hands, such as terrorists and fanatics.

According to Reuters, the Libyan authorities told the Global Chemical Weapon Watchdog and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that the remaining precursor chemicals have been moved to temporary storage, on Saturday, to the northern part of Libya, they also asked for assistance to help destroy them outside Libya.

It is estimated that Libya currently as around 700 tons of precursor chemicals, which is also known as ‘category two’ chemical weapons. In a unanimous decision, the resolution proposed by Britain determined that “the potential acquisition by non-state actors of chemical arms in Libya represent a threat to international peace and security.”

Reuters reports that Boris Johnson believes that the resolution marks the beginning of the end of the Libyan chemical weapons program by providing the authorization of the removal of the precursors from Libya to be destroyed elsewhere.

Johnson justified this resolution by saying that “in doing so, we have reduced the risk of these weapons falling into the hands of terrorists and fanatics.”

The OPCW has been assisting Libya to come up with a plan to destroy the chemicals they have. In February 2014 it was reported that Libya had destroyed its most deadly chemical, also known as ‘category one’ toxins, with the help and support of western states.