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Libya declares chemical weapons

Libya has declared a 20-ton stockpile of deadly mustard gas in a full report on its chemical weapons programmes submitted to the UN on Friday. The Libyans also detailed large amounts of chemicals used to make nerve gas. The UN says the declaration is a major step towards eliminating Libya’s weapons of mass destruction. It follows Libya’s surprise announcement in December that it was scrapping its weapons programmes, in a bid to end its international isolation. “It’s a great day,” said Rogelio Pfirter, director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), after receiving Libya’s documents at the OPCW’s headquarters in The Hague. Full Story

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