Status of the implementation of the plan for the destruction of Libya’s remaining category 2 chemical weapons outside the territory of Libya (S/2017/765) [EN/AR]

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Letter dated 7 September 2017 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council

I have the honour to transmit a report of the Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the status of implementation of the plan for the destruction of Libya’s remaining category 2 chemical weapons outside the territory of Libya (see annex). The report, dated 23 August 2017, covers the period from 23 July to 22 August 2017.

The report was prepared in accordance with the relevant provisions of OPCW Executive Council Decision EC-M-52/DEC.1 of 20 July 2016 and Security Council resolution 2298 (2016) of 22 July 2016, for transmission to the Security Council.

I should be grateful if the present letter and its annex could be brought to the attention of the members of the Security Council.

(Signed) António Guterres

Annex

I have the honour to transmit to you my report entitled “Status of implementation of the plan for the destruction of Libya’s remaining category 2 chemical weapons outside the territory of Libya”, prepared in accordance with the relevant provisions of Executive Council Decision EC-M-52/DEC.1 of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, dated 20 July 2016, and United Nations Security Council resolution 2298 (2016), dated 22 July 2016, for transmission to the Security Council (see enclosure). My report covers the period from 23 July 2017 to 22 August 2017 and also covers the reporting requirements of Executive Council decisions EC-M-52/DEC.2, dated 27 July 2016, and EC-M-53/DEC.1, dated 26 August 2016.

(Signed) Ahmet Üzümcü

Enclosure

Report of the Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Status of the implementation of the plan for the destruction of Libya’s remaining category 2 chemical weapons outside the territory of Libya

1. At its Fifty-Second Meeting, the Executive Council (hereinafter “the Council”) adopted a decision on the “Destruction of Libya’s Remaining Chemical Weapons” (EC-M-52/DEC.1, dated 20 July 2016) and requested the Director-General to assist Libya in developing a modified plan of destruction of Libya’s Category 2 chemical weapons. On 22 July 2016, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2298 (2016), welcoming and endorsing the decision by the Council and requesting the Director-General, through the Secretary-General, to report to the Security Council on a regular basis until the destruction is complete and verified.

2. At the conclusion of its Fifty-Second Meeting, the Council adopted a decision entitled “Detailed Requirements for the Destruction of Libya’s Remaining Category 2 Chemical Weapons” (EC-M-52/DEC.2, dated 27 July 2016). In operative paragraph 17 of that decision, the Council requested the Director-General to report to the Council on a monthly basis on the implementation of the decision. This twelfth monthly report covers the period from 23 July to 22 August 2017.

Progress in the elimination of Libyan chemical weapons by the State Party hosting destruction activities

3. Gesellschaft zur Entsorgung von chemischen Kampfstoffen und Rüstungsaltlasten mbH (GEKA mbH), the designated destruction facility at Munster, Germany, completed the destruction of the 2-chloroethanol and tributylamine on 17 December 2016 and 20 January 2017, respectively.

4. As previously reported (EC-85/DG.1, dated 23 March 2017), the destruction of phosphorous trichloride was suspended as a necessary precaution in order to prevent the refractory coating from severe damage. Destruction totals for phosphorous trichloride remain at 3.2 metric tonnes (MT), or 2.8%.

5. Using the incinerator in Incinerator Plant 1 (“Munster 1”), GEKA mbH began the destruction of thionyl chloride on 24 March 2017. GEKA mbH and the Host State have notified the Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) that the required permits to alter the destruction technology from incineration to neutralisation were received and neutralisation of thionyl chloride began on 5 July 2017. As at 21 August 2017, 43.51 MT, or 43.1%, of the thionyl chloride had been destroyed.

6. Secretariat teams continue to inspect GEKA mbH every two months, with the last such inspection having been conducted from 26 to 28 June 2017. No issues were encountered with the destruction process.