Libya reaffirms committment to Chemical Weapons Convention

The Permanent Resident of the Libyan Jamahiriya reaffirmed Libya’s commitment to its treaty obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention this week.

OPCW Director-General Ambassador Ahmet Uzumcu called on the Permanent Resident in order to express his concerns and those of the states parties regarding the status of Libya’s chemical weapons have not yet been destroyed under the requirements of the convention, according to

Uzumcu reminded the Permanent Resident that the responsibility for the physical security of those weapons remains in Libya’s hands and asked that every possible measure be taken to prevent their potential use.

The Permanent Resident reiterated to the director-general his country’s commitment to implementing the treaty. He assured the OPCW that, in accordance with the information he has received from Tripoli, the situation regarding the weapons slated for destruction remains unchanged and under control.

According to experts, while dictator Muammar Gaddafi gave up substantial amounts of such weapons in 2003 as part of a means to reenter the international community, he still maintains an arsenal capable of causing a significant amount of damage.

Libya has over 10 tons of mustard gas remaining years after signing the CWC, but has destroyed many of the systems for using them, according to the AFP.

Gaddafi still maintains an arsenal of Scud-B missiles and conventional artillery shells that could be easily adapted to carry biological and chemical agents.