Germany will destroy effluent from Syrian mustard gas

Germany confirmed it will dispose of 370 metric tons of effluent generated by the destruction of Syria's mustard gas, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Thursday.

Germany will incinerate the effluent generated by the hydrolysis of Syria's mustard gas stock at a specialized German government facility while sticking to the highest environmental and safety standards. Syria's chemical stockpile will be destroyed aboard the MV Cape Ray, a U.S. vessel.

Ahmet uzumcu, the director-general of the OPCW, welcomed Germany's offer for assistance as an important contribution to the collaborative international effort to eliminate Syria's entire chemical weapons program.

"I wish to thank the Federal Republic of Germany for this contribution, which will further strengthen the impressive collective efforts by our States Parties to remove and destroy Syrian chemical weapons," uzumcu said.

Germany joined multiple other countries assisting in the process to destroy Syria's chemical weapons. The U.N. said last week that Denmark, Norway, China, Russia and the U.S. were all involved in moving and escorting Syria's chemical weapons from the port of Latakia last week.

The first quantity of chemical materials was loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel on January 7, before being escorted by ships from Norway, Denmark and Syria to international waters. Norway, Russia, Denmark and China will provide maritime security for the stockpile.