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.









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*    Press Release IK/67 dated 25 March should have been numbered IK/167.

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