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UN Watchdog: Libya's Chemical Weapons Secure

A Libyan rebel walks past crates of antitank weapons in a munitions storage hanger at a government military base in Ajdabiyah in March.
A Libyan rebel walks past crates of antitank weapons in a munitions storage hanger at a government military base in Ajdabiyah in March.
The head of a UN watchdog says that Libya's remaining chemical-weapon stockpiles are believed to be secure, despite the instability in country since February.

Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said in The Hague that his inspectors were ready to return to Libya to oversee the destruction of Muammar Qaddafi's poison-gas supplies as soon as conditions would allow it.

Uzumcu said he had information that "remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons are secured." He did not elaborate.

The organization had inspectors in Libya up until February verifying the destruction process, but they left as the anti-Qaddafi rebellion gathered intensity.

Confusion surrounds the whereabouts of the deposed ruler, with interim officials saying Qaddafi could either be in his hometown of Sirte, or in neighboring Niger.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told a news briefing in Washington that Libya's neighbors should arrest and disarm Qaddafi loyalists if they attempted to cross the border.

"We're calling on all of these countries to make every effort to control their borders, to detain any Qaddafi regime officials, to confiscate contraband, any illegal weapons, and disarm them, and also to confiscate any wealth that might properly belong to the Libyan people," Nuland said.

Niger's justice minister, Marou Amadou, has reiterated that Qaddafi was not in his country.

An armed convoy of Qaddafi loyalists, including his former intelligence chief, Mansour Dao, reached Niger's capital, Niamey, on September 6.

compiled from agency reports
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by: james r. from: usa, new castle pa.,
September 08, 2011 10:33
Raided arsenals!,missing stockpiles!,surplus gas masks when Bush adminstration found the same in Iraq the Media here in America,as well globally mocked him. Wonder when?,those unaccounted for SA-24 missiles start shooting down jets at US airbases in Germany,Spain,Italy?,or a tanker gets hit traveling via Suez Canal perhaps Straits of Gibraltar??,will NATO still contend the world is safer,and more secure! place for installing a pro-Al Qaeda regime in North Africa.

by: The Kid from: Tripoli Libya
September 12, 2011 10:52
I would like to start by asking how much information dose the UN watchdog have for stating that Libyan Chemical Weapons are Secure, what makes them think they have every thing under control, Members of NATO the United States the UK and France are in a very awkward position to even state or say Qaddafi's Chemical's are secure. I truly believe now that there are secret negotiations taking place with Qaddafi himself not to use WMD's and would be given a safe passage out from Libya. But I would not count on Qaddafi taking the offer from anyone, I think he would rather Die and try to inflict Tremendous loss of Life before taking his own. After all he has no were to go now and has been extremely humiliated in front of the entire world.

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