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Germany offers help finding Libyan weapons

The Local · 1 Nov 2011, 14:13

Published: 01 Nov 2011 14:13 GMT+01:00

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It is thought that thousands of assault rifles, anti-aircraft missiles and missiles armed with chemicals are currently in circulation in Libya, following the civil war that ousted dictator Muammar Qaddafi earlier this year.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in the Hague, Netherlands, is currently assembling a team to find and secure Libya’s chemical weapons.

“This chapter is extremely important,” commented Germany’s UN ambassador Peter Wittig. “Germany is planning to provide technical support for the OPCW inspectors' mission.”

The UN resolution was initiated by Russia, which was long one of Qaddafi’s main arms suppliers. Moscow is said to be particularly concerned by Manpads, small anti-aircraft weapons that can be carried on the shoulder. Similar types are also known as Stinger or Strela missiles.

According to the UN, no country in the world – other than manufacturing countries – has as many Manpad missiles as Libya.

“There is a big danger that these rockets could fall into the hands of terrorists,” the Russian representative said at the UN Security Council. “We fear that they could be used against passenger aircraft.”

The resolution calls on the Libyan government to “secure the weapons and control them reliably.”

NATO's military mission in Afghanistan officially ended on Monday. The Libyan National Transitional Council has promised to hold democratic elections in the next eight months.

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15:34 November 1, 2011 by finanzdoktor
No offense intended, but if the facts of these weapon systems was already known, shouldn't NATO and/or the UN been in discussions with the NTC before now. Also, cannot help resist to ask, but should not a team of experts have already been assembled and on stand-by?
19:57 November 1, 2011 by raandy
I hate to be a doubting Thomas, but not the German military. I think the English,French, or USA could serve the situation in a more positive manner.
15:23 November 2, 2011 by Sastry.M
There is no ground for expressed Russian fears because each major power respects its own self interests as individual nation and sphere of influence as an organization block.

The championed liberty and freedom enabled by enforcement through democratic revolutions, liberate the crippled people but also allow to lay claims to share the spoils by all concerned in the movement.
16:22 November 3, 2011 by Englishted
Westerwelle wants them destroyed ,so he can sell them new ones .
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