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Experts on board a cargo ship transformed into a multi-million dollar chemical weapons destroyer said on Thursday they were ready to start working on Syria's stock of toxic arms in the middle of the Mediterranean as early as May.Syria now has until June 30 to eliminate its chemical weapons programme and has already handed over roughly half its stockpile, which has been loaded onto Norwegian and Danish ships in the Syrian port of Latakia, OPCW officials said on Thursday.Once they get to Latakia, the blister agent mustard and sarin precursor chemicals, considered top priority chemicals for destruction, will be put on board Danish ship Ark Futura for transport from Syria to Italian port Gioia Tauro, said officials.From there they will be transferred to the Cape Ray in a ship-to-ship operation. The rest of Syria's chemical weapons -- 800 metric tonnes that are not processed on the Cape Ray -- do not need to be neutralized with this process and will go straight from the Latakia port to commercial destruction facilities in various countries.
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