IK/169* SC/5827 18 April 1994 SPECIAL COMMISSION ATTAINS FURTHER PROGRESS IN DESTROYING IRAQ'S CHEMICAL WEAPONS CAPABILITIES The following has been received from the Special Commission set up under Security Council resolution 687 (1991) in connection with the disposal of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction: The Chemical Destruction Group of the United Nations Special Commission for Iraq has reported that it has completed its destruction of bulk stocks of Iraq's chemical warfare agents and precursor chemicals. This was achieved with the destruction of stocks of the remaining three precursors (white phosphorous, toluene and hydrogen fluoride) and small quantities of 155-millimetre mustard-filled shells recovered during further checks of the Muthanna site. The Group is now concentrating its efforts on the destruction of chemical weapons production equipment which has been collected at the Muthanna site for that purpose. Thereafter, the Commission will send a team of experts to Iraq to conduct a thorough survey of the site, using sensors, in order to ensure that all the relevant items have been destroyed and that no threat of chemical hazard remains at the site. Once that has been accomplished, a further team, led by the Chairman of the Commission's Chemical Weapons Destruction Advisory Panel, will conduct a final inspection and formally hand the site back to the Iraqi authorities. * *** * * Press Release IK/67 dated 25 March should have been numbered IK/167. .