IK/171 22 June 1994 UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMISSION COMPLETES DESTRUCTION OF DECLARED CHEMICAL WEAPONS STOCKS IN IRAQ 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 activities of the Chemical Destruction Group at Muthanna were concluded on 14 June. This brought to a successful end a unique multinational undertaking, fulfilling the Commission's mandate to eliminate Iraq's declared chemical weapons stockpile and doing so expeditiously, at minimal expense, and with no damage to the environment. This was a two-year operation, involving some 100 experts from 23 countries, in the course of which the following were destroyed: over 480,000 litres of chemical warfare agents (including mustard agent and the nerve agents sarin and tabun); over 28,000 chemical munitions (involving eight types of munitions ranging from rockets, to artillery shells, to bombs, to ballistic missile warheads); and nearly 1.8 million litres, over 1,040,000 kilograms and 648 barrels of some 45 different precursor chemicals for the production of chemical warfare agents. Two Chemical Weapons inspection teams were deployed to Iraq between 31 May and 14 June in order to make a final assessment of the status of the Commission's chemical destruction operations at Al Muthanna. The aims of the inspection activities were to confirm that the destruction of declared chemical warfare agents, their precursors and certain production equipment was complete and to confirm that those areas of the site used for the destruction operations had been left in a safe and acceptable manner. At the end of the inspection activities, responsibility for the site was formally handed back to the Iraqi authorities. The inspection teams carried out a joint survey of the former Al Muthanna State establishment with Iraqi representatives and provided them with complete documentation of all destruction activities carried out by the Chemical Destruction Group over the past two years. One inspection team conducted a (more) - 2 - Press Release IK/171 22 June 1994 detailed scientific survey of those areas involved in the destruction activities and provided real-time analysis on site of samples taken during the survey. Upon completion of the mission, both inspection temas were able to report that, in those areas of the site involved with the destruction operation, no significant level of chemical contamination could be detected and that all destruction activities at Al Muthanna were complete. At a formal meeting held on the morning of 13 June in Baghdad, the hand-over protocols were signed by representatives of the Commission and Iraq. The Chemical Destruction Group left Iraq on 14 June and was disbanded in Bahrain on 16 June. The Commission, however, shall continue to visit the site as part of its ongoing monitoring and verification activities, as required under Security Council resolution 715 (1991). THe Commission wishes to pay a special tribute to the international experts and Iraqi personnel who brought this operation to such a successful conclusion. * *** * .