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Germany Liquidates All Chemical Weapons Delivered From Libya

© AP Photo / Martin MeissnerAn expert in protective gear shows the disposal of chemical weapons during a media day at the German state-run company GEKA, specialized in the disposal of hazardous materials in Munster, northern Germany, Wednesday, March 5, 2014
An expert in protective gear shows the disposal of chemical weapons during a media day at the German state-run company GEKA, specialized in the disposal of hazardous materials in Munster, northern Germany, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - Sputnik International
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BERLIN (Sputnik) - Germany has completed work on the destruction of chemical weapons and toxic materials delivered from Libya, the German Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry said in a joint statement on Friday.

"Germany has been supporting the elimination of the last chemicals remaining from the Libyan chemical weapons program… The costs have been defrayed by Germany and the United states. The German state-owned facility for the utilization of chemical warfare agents and remaining arms [GEKA] in Munster, that has long-standing experience, has terminated the destruction of the toxic materials," the statement said.

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According to the statement, the destroyed materials have been stocked since the time of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was overthrown in 2011.

In July 2016, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution which allows states to receive, take away and destroy Libyan chemical weapons. The resolution refers to the second category of substances under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction. The resolution aimed to prevent the chemical weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists.

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