OPCW: Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons at Sea is a Possibility

Norway and Albania have rejected requests to host the dismantling of the weapons


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A spokesman for the global chemical weapons watchdog says destroying Syria's stockpile of poison gas and nerve agents at sea is a possible alternative to finding a country willing to host the destruction.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons aims to destroy some 1,300 metric tons of Syrian toxic agents by mid-2014, but the plan was dealt a blow last week when Albania rejected a U.S. request to host destruction. Authorities in Belgium and Norway also have ruled their countries out as locations for the risky operation.