Albania Rejects U.S. Request, Won't Host Destruction of Syria's Chemical Weapons

Albania has rejected an American request to host the dismantling of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons.

From the BBC:

Albania will not allow the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on its soil, the country's prime minister says.

Edi Rama was responding to two days of protests in Tirana and other cities.

The Balkan nation recently destroyed its own chemical stockpile, and the US had requested that it host the dismantling of Syria's arsenal.

Under the deal brokered by Russia to remove Syria's chemical weapons, it was agreed that they should be destroyed outside the country if possible.

Following protests in Tirana Prime Minister Edi Rama said that, "It is impossible for Albania to get involved in this operation," adding, "We lack the necessary capacities to get involved in this operation."

Today was the deadline for plan between the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Syrian government on the destruction of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons. A source from the OPCW told Reuters that U.S. has alternative countries where the stockpile could be destroyed in mind. If the next country asked rejects the American request to host the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons it will be the third to do so (Norway has already rejected a request to host the destruction of the weapons).

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  • rts||

    That flag hurts my eyes.

  • Swiss Servator craves Rösti||

    No, no! That is an artist's depiction of what Albanian crows would have looked like had the country agreed to take all the VX, Sarin, etc.

  • ||

    Anyone else get the feeling that that griffin is sticking its tongues out at them?

  • ||

    What, you don't like the redesign of House Connington's sigil?

  • ||

    Did Little Finger design it?

  • Sevo||

    rts|11.15.13 @ 5:27PM|#
    "That flag hurts my eyes"

    We're lucky it wasn't designed by the guy who did the O'care propaganda ads.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    How could they possibly pass up this economic stimulus? The only thing better would be making the weapons and destroying them as soon as they came off the line.

  • Hugh Akston||

    I vote we just deploy all the weapons at once in a place that's already uninhabitable to human beings. Like Boston.

  • ||

    They can aim for the Prudential building!

  • ||

    abiania we kill the king , albania return to your precious mongolia

  • Loki||

    If we want those stockpiles, why don't we go ahead and do it ourselves. It was our cockamamie idea, afterall.

  • ||

    I think France and England should take it...they were the fuck heads pushing for intervention.

  • Jquip||

    Color me ignorant here: But if the US has a happy on for paying someone to destroy someone else's things, then why isn't the US paying USians to do it? Is that too obvious for the Top Men?

  • Hugh Akston||

    There's too much risk of theft or accident with chemical weapons. The Red-Liner-in-Chief would never risk losing potential votes by bringing the weapons here for disposal.

  • ||

    I have a solution!!

    Put weapons on ship the the deepest part of Atlantic ocean. Sink ship.

    Problem solved.

  • ||

    Why don't we build a really big slingshot and launch them at the sun?

  • ||

    Because a ship is far more safe and far less expensive.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Who are these Albanians to turn down a request from Barack the Glorious?

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    Al-bania, Al-bania,
    You border on the Adriatic.
    Your land is mostly mountains,
    And your chief export is chrome

  • AlmightyJB||

    I miss chrome

  • Voros McCracken||

    Am I the only one that knows where this reference is from?

  • My Dog Bites Better Than Yours||

    I remember.
    But, I thought the chief export was Zinc.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Send all the weapons to me, I'll take care of them.

  • JidaKida||

    Jam Jo Mia says no way man. Wow.


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