(QHA) - Norway on Thursday became the first country to confirm it will send military servicemen to Syria and help the U.N. eliminate the Assad government’s chemical weapons arsenal, according to Associate Press.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said his country would dispatch a civilian cargo ship and a Navy frigate to Syrian ports to pick up the stockpiles and carry them elsewhere for destruction.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Brende described destroying Assad’s arsenal as a Norwegian obligation. Fifty servicemen usually accompany a Norwegian frigate and Brende acknowledged the operation is “not risk-free.”
As reported, the U.N.’s Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons is still working out the plan for destroying Assad’s stockpiles. Denmark is considering similar transport assistance and is awaiting parliamentary approval.
The multilateral coordination to rid Syria of its chemical weapons and agents was essentially a Plan B for President Barack Obama after he failed to muster sufficient domestic or international support for a punitive strike on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government after a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs in August.
Syria is believed to possess around 1,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, including mustard gas and sarin.