Danes could transport Syria's chemical weapons

AP News
Posted: Nov 08, 2013 7:29 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark is willing to help take chemical weapons out of Syria by sea and provide bodyguards for a key U.N. official there, the government said Friday.

The United Nations has unofficially asked whether Denmark could contribute ships to transport the weapons from Syria for destruction, said Defense Minister Nikolai Wammen. He said it is too early to put a number of how many Danish ships and personnel would be involved.

Foreign Aid Minister Christian Friis Bach added that there are no plans for the weapons to be destroyed in Denmark.

Denmark also would also offer a "smaller number" of ground troops who will act as bodyguards for Dutch Middle East expert Sigrid Kaag, the leader of the team charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons, Wammen said.

Both ministers spoke Friday after a meeting of Parliament's all-party Foreign Policy Committee. Wammen said the governing coalition received support there but a formal vote in the Danish Parliament is expected.