Press Release on the neutralization of chemical weapons in the Mediterranean

The Political Secretariat of the Unified Popular Front (EPAM) expresses its strong concern for the operation to neutralize the chemical weapons of Assad with the system of hydrolysis that will take place in the Mediterranean. Since it is the first time in the history of humanity that the neutralization of chemical weapons is attempted in the open sea with such a system, there are justified fears for destructive consequences for the entire Mediterranean sea in case of an accident or spillage of residues.

This is an issue that concerns all the peoples and States of the Mediterranean, who should take immediate action to remove from the Mediterranean the process of chemical weapons neutralization and the danger that it creates. EPAM calls all States of the Mediterranean to appeal to the competent instruments of the U.N. (Security Council,UNEP etc) to stop this dangerous process before it is too late.

EPAM finally believes that the responsability for the destruction of these weapons is with the States that either supplied Syria with chemical weapons or with the chemicals necessary to produce them. It is on the territory of these States that these weapons should be destroyed and not in the Mediterranean.

Athens, 17 February 2014

The Political Secretariat of EPAM

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