Luxembourg gives €500,000 for destruction of Syria chemical weapons
(CS) The Luxembourg government is contributing 500,000 euros to the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, with the funds divided between the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) and the UN.
Both organisations have been charged with the destruction of the weapons and have already made significant progress for the first two phases of the process – the collection of weapons and the destruction of production plants.
However, the third phase – removing the weapons from Syria and destroying them – requires significant funds, well beyond the capacity of the OPWC, which earlier this year won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Last week, Luxembourg therefore signed agreements in The Hague and New York foreseeing a 250,000 euro payment each to the OPWC and UN funds for the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons.
The OPWC in the meantime has released a road map for the destruction of the chemical weapons, with the most critical substances set to be removed from Syria by the end of the year and the final destruction to be carried out by mid-2014.