Effort to remove chemical arms in Syria kicks off

The search to find appropriate vendors to help commercially transport and destroy Syria's chemical weapons began on Thursday, according to the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Ahmet uzumcu, the OPCW's director-general, made the remarks on Wednesday, in addition to announcing a multinational effort that will require more funding. The goal is the transportation of chemical agents from the Syrian port city of Latakia onto a U.S. ship and the destruction of the chemicals at sea using hydrolysis.

The U.S. will also supply 3,000 container drums, in addition to providing GPS locators and loading, transportation and decontamination equipment. Russia will provide armored trucks, water tanks and other logistical supplies. China will provide 10 ambulances and surveillance cameras. Other countries providing the mission with support are Finland, Denmark, Norway and Italy.

uzumcu said the countries are making the offers in the interest of assumed onerous responsibilities and the common good. He said the joint mission will coordinate the arrangements and obtain the necessary assurances.

uzumcu thanked the governments for their financial contributions, but he said more support will be needed to complete the important mission in Syria.

Syria intends to destroy the chemicals outside of the country by March 31, and other mostly commodity chemicals by June 30.