UN wants to help Libya destroy chemical weapons

Michael Astor
Associated Press

United Nations — The United Nations Security Council is expected to call on the international community to help Libya dispose of its last remaining chemical weapons stocks by shipping them out of the country.

Citing the potential threat to international peace and security should the mostly precursor chemicals fall into the hands of extremists, a proposed Security Council resolution calls on the international community to assist in their destruction by providing transport out of the country, expertise and financing.

Libya in 2004 joined the Chemical Weapons Convention, which requires chemical weapons be destroyed in country. The proposed resolution would grant an exception to Libya similar to one granted for Syria because of the on-going civil war.

Japan’s U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho, who holds the rotating council presidency, said the council will vote on the resolution on Friday afternoon.

The resolution comes in response to a Libyan request, earlier this week, that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons help them dispose of the chemicals.

Bessho said during the morning session, Security Council members expressed concern about the presence of “foreign terrorist fighters,” in Libya and how to strengthen Libya’s Government of National Accord.

“We see possibilities of FTFs spreading in different ways. We discussed it, we have not come to any conclusion about what we should be doing in the future except to support the efforts of GNA in its fights against FTFs,” he said, referring to foreign terrorist fighters and the Government of National Accord by their initials.