Huge cache of chemical weapons in Libya, PM confirms

Last Updated: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 09:34

Tripoli: Libya`s interim prime minister has
confirmed the presence of chemical weapons in Libya and said
foreign inspectors would arrive later this week to deal with
the issue.

Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said Libya has no interest
in keeping such weapons.

"We would like to assure you that the new Libya will be a
peaceful Libya and that it is in our interest to have no
weapons in Libya," he told reporters yesterday.

Last week, Ian Martin, the top UN envoy to Libya, told the
UN Security Council that undeclared chemical weapons sites
have been located in Libya.

At the time, he also expressed concern over command and
control of chemical and nuclear material sites.

Jibril, who has announced his resignation ahead of the
formation of a new interim government, did not provide any
details about the chemical weapons.

"There are international organisations taking care of this
issue," he said, adding that representatives of those
organisations are due to arrive in Libya later in the week.

A Russian-drafted UN resolution, to be voted on this week,
calls on Libyan authorities to destroy stockpiles of chemical
weapons in coordination with international authorities.


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First Published: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 09:21

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