published: 13.09.2013, 18:29 | updated: 13.09.2013 18:44:30
Prague - Czech soldiers may dispose of the Syrian chemical weapons, outgoing Defence Minister Vlastimil Picek told the server Aktualne.cz today.
The chemical warfare unit in Liberec, north Bohemia, is one of the best in this sphere, Picek said.
The Czech Republic has not been officially asked to dispose of the chemical weapons.
"The Czech Republic has a unique capability of taking part in the disposal of and protection against chemical weapons. As a top NATO unit, the Liberec chemical warfare unit is available," Picek said.
Picek said he did not want to presume whether the Czech troops would really take part in the solution to the conflict in Syria.
"It is primarily the international community that is dealing with the solution to the very complicated Syrian conflict. In this, the Czech Republic does not play any role," Picek said.
"No one has asked us to provide any help in the solution to the Syrian conflict. Besides, the gaining of control over Syria's chemical weapons has not been placed under the auspices of any international organisation, let alone the United Nations, the EU or NATO," he added.
The civil war in Syria has lasted two and a half years. Its death toll is over 100,000.
The USA is of the view that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against rebels to the southeast of Damascus in August. The Syrian government denies the allegation.
U.S. and Russian representatives are discussing the Russian plan of control of Syrian chemical weapons which might avert the U.S. strike.
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