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Chemical Disarmament Body to Start Work in Libya

A global chemical disarmament body said Monday it would start work in Libya this week to ensure Tripoli’s compliance with a chemical weapons ban. A six-member team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will begin preparatory work in Libya Thursday, paving the way for inspectors to eventually visit sites and secure any chemical weapons prior to destruction. Libya said in December it would abandon weapons of mass destruction programs and open its territory to international weapons inspectors. It signed up to a chemical weapons ban convention in January. Although the OPCW is not a U.N. agency, the United Nations recognizes the results of its inspections, which are expected to start in Libya from around March. Full Story

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