Germany to help destroying Syrian chemical weapons
Germany to help destroying Syrian chemical weapons
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German Foreign Minister "Frank-Walter Steinmeier" said his country will help destroy Syrian arsenal of chemical weapons materials as part of an international disarmament programme.

Steinmeier said that "the German armed forces have the technical capacity to do this in Munster".

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is arranging for them to be destroyed abroad. This week some chemical weapons materials started moving out of the country onto a Danish ship.

Government sources said Chancellor "Angela Merkel" had agreed the move with Steinmeier and Defence Minister "Ursula von der Leyen" on Wednesday.

The decision could be controversial in Germany, which has a strong pacifist and anti-nuclear movement and has been reluctant to get involved in foreign missions, especially in the Middle East, since the end of World War Two.

The sources said several hundred tonnes of very diluted materials, rather than chemical weapons, could come to Munster in northern Germany, home to a big army base.

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