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Syria's chemical weapons destroyed

Syria's chemical weapons destroyed

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AMSTERDAM -- The organization charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program says the most crucial part of its operation has been completed.

@News:The Organization for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons said Tuesday that an operation carried out aboard U.S. vessel Cape Ray has destroyed 581 metric tons of a precursor for sarin nerve gas, and 19.8 metric tons of mustard gas. The toxicity of the chemicals was reduced by 99.9 percent by a hydrolysis technique aboard the ship, and the resulting liquid will now be transported to Finland and Germany for final disposal.

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OPCW experts ensured that none of the chemicals escaped into the sea, the agency's director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement.

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