|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:00:32 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] CHEMWEAPONS, GLOBAL: "Public awareness over Syria chemical weapons destruction needed amid Mediterranean region concerns"|
News Release Green Cross International February 4, 2014Public awareness over Syria chemical weapons destruction needed amid Mediterranean region concerns
International experts and advocates on the destruction of chemical weapons are urging the United States government to back an intensified awareness campaign, particularly in Europe, amid public concerns over efforts to dismantle Syrian chemical warfare material.
In a letter sent 3 February 2014 to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, a wide range of groups, including Green Cross International (GCI), Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, the Arms Control Association, Friends of the Earth-United States, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, also called for a speeding up of the scheduled at-sea destruction process of about 22 tons of mustard agent and 540 tons of key binary chemical weapons components.
The letter, also copied to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), acknowledged that the destruction of chemical weapons material onboard the US merchant ship, MV Cape Ray, was a "less-risky approach" than attempting to destroy them inside conflict-wracked Syria, and that the system to be used "will minimize any potential risks to public health and the environment."
... For the entire release and a link to the letter, seehttp://www.gcint.org/news/public-awareness-over-syria-chemical- weapons-destruction-needed-amid-mediterranean-region-conce
Note: CPEO's Lenny Siegel was among the signers of the letter. -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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