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Sun, 22 Jun, 2014 12:06:23 AM
FTimes-STT Report, June 22
Ekokem's destruction plant in Riihimäki. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The first consignment of the wastage of Syrian chemical weapons has arrived in Finland on Saturday morning for destruction.
The chemical wastages arrived at the Hamina port and will be destroyed by the Finnish waste treatment plant Ekokem Oy in its Riihimäki processing area.
Ekokem sources said that 30 containers of the chemical wastages arrived by Norwegian vessel Taiko and the destruction works will begin next week, which would be continued for some weeks.
Earlier, Ekokem Oy decided to participate in the programme for dismantling the Syrian chemical weapons as a part of the activities of the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) after signing an agreement with the OPCW.
The destruction programme is being conducted on a commercial basis in accordance with each participating country's legislation, safety and environmental standards.
Finland strongly supports the joint OPCW-UN mission. Finland has, among other things, granted a total of 650,000 euros in funding for the OPCW's two Syria funds. In addition, a Finnish protection troop is participating in the sea transport operation being carried out by Denmark and Norway.
Earlier, in November 2013 Finland took move to participate in the work for destroying Syrian chemical weapons, although no country responded to the US call till mid November last year.
Syria is thought to have more than a thousand tonnes of chemical weapons stockpile.
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