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Norway ship takes third Syria weapons cargo

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Norway ship takes third Syria weapons cargo
KNM Helge Ingstad, the Nowegian frigate which has been accompanying cargos of chemical weapons from Syria. Photo: Bjørnar Henningsen
08:43 CET+01:00
The Norwegian cargo ship Taiko left the port of Latakia on Monday carrying the third cargo of chemical weapons material to leave Syria, the global chemical weapons watchdog said in a statement.
“A third shipment of chemical weapons material took place from the Syrian Arab Republic today," the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said. 
 
“The joint mission confirms that in-country destruction of some chemical materials has taken place alongside the removal of chemical weapons material, and welcomes progress to date.” 
 
Taiko was escorted by the Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad, as well as ships from Denmark, Russia and China. 
 
“Warships from four states are accompanying the Taiko special cargo vessel in their respective sectors,” Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement. 
 
The most dangerous material is scheduled to be destroyed at sea by April, while the rest of Syria's chemical arsenal is slated to be destroyed by June 30th. 
 
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