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Denmark aiming to take part in removal of Libyan chemical weapons

Decision to be made later this month

The news follows a day after the US’s commencement of airstrikes against IS in Libya (photo: iStock)
August 2nd, 2016 2:26 pm| by Christian W

The Danish government has stated it wants to be part of the UN-led initiative to remove chemical weapons from Libya.

Within a couple of weeks, the government expects to propose a plan for Danish participation in an international maritime operation that aims to remove the chemical weapons from the north African nation.

On July 22, the UN Security Council passed a resolution that confirms the removal of the remains of the Libyan chemical weapons cache and urges the international community to support such an action.

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Important task
At that time the foreign minister, Kristian Jensen, conveyed his pleasure regarding the UN decision, particularly due to the instability that the nation has endured in recent years and with terror organisation Islamic State lurking in the region.

“Removing the chemicals will contribute to stability in Libya and ensure they don’t fall into the wrong hands,” said Jensen.

“It’s an important task and it is positive that the Libyan government and the international community is now taking steps to utilise this opportunity. We are in dialogues with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) about how Denmark can help solve the task.”