Albania has destroyed its entire chemical weapons stockpile, becoming the first chemical weapons-possessing country in the world to do so, said the global chemical weapons watchdog.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)confirmed that Albania is now chemical weapons-free.
Albania eliminated in total 16,678 kilograms of chemical warfare agent. The Albanian stockpile included mustard, lewisite, mustard/lewisite mixture, adamsite, and chloroacetophenone agents, said the OPCW.
This disarmament campaign was conducted to fulfill Albania's obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Destruction is verified on-site by the OPCW's inspectors.
OPCW Director-General Rogelio Pfirter welcomed Albania's completion of this campaign, which, he said, had required it to overcome considerable technical challenges associated with chemical disarmament. He also thanked Greece, Italy, Switzerland and the United States for the support they had provided in Albania's destruction effort.
Since the CWC entered into force 10 years ago, 182 nations have joined this independent, multilateral disarmament agency to abolish chemical weapons.
In total, six OPCW member states have declared and secured over71,000 metric tons of deadly chemical warfare agents.
By the end of June 2007, over 33 percent of that total has been destroyed under international monitoring. Over 94 percent of the chemical weapons production facilities are already certified as destroyed or converted for approved peaceful purposes.
As foreseen by the CWC, all chemical weapons stockpiles are to be destroyed by 2012.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2007, 10:52