Italy names Calabrian port for chemical transfers

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Posted: Jan 16, 2014 9:22 AM
Italy names Calabrian port for chemical transfers

ROME (AP) — Italian officials say the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro will be the site for the transfer of a shipment of chemical weapons materials from Syria to a U.S. ship.

Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi identified the port in a joint meeting of the parliamentary foreign affairs commissions.

The raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents currently are on board a Danish ship, and Italy has agreed to serve as the transfer port to a U.S. ship.

Lupi said a total of 60 containers of the material would be transferred ship-to-ship at the port in Calabria, near the toe of the Italian boot, and none would be brought to shore.