Ban Ki-moon welcomed removal of Libya’s chemical weapons

In an image from the Pentagon, a bomb was moved from a bunker in Libya to be later drained of its chemical agent.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the successful removal of all chemical weapons from Libya in an operation facilitated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Libya’s remaining chemical weapons were shipped out of the country to Germany for destruction by Danish ships on Aug. 27.

Ban welcomed financial, equipment and personnel contribution made by countries including Canada, Finland and Denmark, according to a statement delivered by his spokesperson.

In July, the OPCW made its decision to help Libya develop a plan on chemical weapon destruction at the request for assistance from Libya.

Later, the UN Security Council has authorized the international community to assist Libya in destroying its chemical weapons to keep them off the hands of terrorist groups.

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