Albania likely site for arms purging
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The tiny and impoverished Balkan nation of Albania was emerging today as a likely location for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was discussing a plan to destroy its estimated 1,000-metric-ton arsenal, which includes mustard gas and the deadly nerve agent sarin.
Syria says it wants the weapons destroyed outside the country and the OPCW has described that as the “most viable” option.
A meeting that started this morning of the OPCW’s Executive Council was adjourned less than two hours later to allow national delegations to work on the wording of the plan.
Albania’s prime minister, Edi Rama, said on his Facebook page that he was going make public the country’s response to a U.S. request for it to destroy the weapons at 11 a.m. EST — a half-hour before an OPCW meeting to endorse the destruction plan was scheduled to reconvene in The Hague.