Boris Johnson calls for UN help destroying Libya chemicals

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Foreign Secretary has called on the United Nations Security Council to endorse a resolution calling on countries to help Libya dispose of its last remaining chemical weapons stocks by shipping them out of the country.

Boris Johnson cited the threat of chemical weapons falling into the hands of extremists as the main reason behind the British-drafted resolution calling on the international community to assist in their destruction by providing transport out of the country, expertise and financing.

Libya in 2004 joined the Chemical Weapons Convention which requires chemical weapons be destroyed in country. The proposed resolution would grant an exception to Libya similar to one granted for Syria because of the on-going civil war.

The meeting marked Johnson’s first visit to the U.N. in his capacity as foreign secretary.