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Chinese warship in Cyprus to aid Syrian mission
January 5, 2014, 5:48 am

Chinese Ambassador to Cyprus Liu Xinsheng and Cypriot Defence Minister Fotis Fotiou oversaw the arrival of the Chinese warship Yancheng [Xinhua]

Chinese Ambassador to Cyprus Liu Xinsheng and Cypriot Defence Minister Fotis Fotiou oversaw the arrival of the Chinese warship Yancheng [Xinhua]

Beijing has confirmed the arrival of a Chinese navy frigate in the Cypriot port of Limassol on Saturday to aid in the process of dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons.

Chinese Ambassador to Cyprus Liu Xinsheng and Cypriot Defence Minister Fotis Fotiou oversaw the arrival of the Chinese warship Yancheng.

Logistical problems and the ongoing Syrian war has resulted in a missed deadline and delays in the international effort to rid Syria of its arsenal.

The Chinese ambassador said Beijing is fully committed in its support to the efforts of the United Nations and its chemical watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

“China supports the efforts of the international community to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons … we wish this operation a success,” said Liu.

Earlier in December armoured Russian trucks were flown into Syria to transport the chemical weapons.

Syria agreed to abandon its chemical weapons under a deal proposed by Russia that was given the go-ahead by US President Barack Obama after intense negotiations between US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

In accordance with the UN Security Council resolution in September 2013, the chemical weapons will be transported out of Syria and be delivered to an American vessel for destruction.

Vessels from China, Russia, Denmark and Norway will escort the transportation of the chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, the Italian Foreign Ministry has confirmed it has made one of the country’s ports available for the transfer of Syrian chemical stockpile to US vessel, the Cape Ray for destruction, Rai state television reported on Saturday.

 

Source: Agencies

One Response to Chinese warship in Cyprus to aid Syrian mission

  1. Eraldo Marcelo Kopp Reply

    January 5, 2014 at 9:14 am

    It is truly amazing how far this war has gone and what the diplomacy has reached! The Soviets and Chinese have worked so diligently against the west and as a result, they are now transporting garbage! So much for the work of Mr Putin and Xi and the rest of the world! While the Americans tried blindly to bombard Syria chemical depots with Tomahawk making a joke of the entire situation(how can you save the people by blowing up chemical weapons depots? Answer? USA would have arms sales for awhile huh because their economy is so bad!) and destroying 1000’s of people via a cloud of blown up chemical depots starting a major conflict beyond repair!
    Now these nations are taking orders from the bankrupt US, taking the garbage out rather than initiating the new computerized BRICS trade system! What a shame! March is coming and let’s hope the BRICS group wilt implement and improve the system in Brazil picking up momentum because the Dragon Mart is set for the first phase opening in 14th of April 2014 and so the US economy wilt take a plunge further down and WOW to those nations using USD because to make up for the problem, US wilt such them dry!!!
    Best of luck!

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