"Well, the convention will enter into force for Libya on the 5th of February. As of that date Libya is supposed to put forward a complete declaration about all they have in connections with chemical weapons be it in terms of production, stockpiling or whatever and also it (Libya) is supposed to undertake a complete programme of destruction within a limited period of time. It (Libya) is also supposed to create a focal point for the chemical weapons organisation to operate with and to enact legislation in pursuance of the convention that will allow it to ensure that in the future neither Libya itself nor individuals are able to - in the territory of Libya - to produce or stockpile or develop any kind of prohibited weapons."
"We are very optimistic. I think that the step they (the Libyans) have taken is a very positive one. They have also approached us in seeking our cooperation and of course we are all in favour of developing with them as close as possible the relations and make sure that they are able to comply with the convention and we are also able to certify (that) they have done so."
A team of six international chemical weapons inspectors will begin work this week in Libya to help it prepare a declaration of its stockpiles and destroy them, the world's chemicals weapons watchdog said on Monday.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said its inspectors will work closely with Libya to put together a comprehensive list of its chemical weapons, the programmes it used to develop them, and all production sites, including industrial plants where dual use chemicals are manufactured.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi announced in December that his country would give up its weapons of mass destruction, after months of secret talks with the United States and Britain.
Inspectors from the Hague-based organisation will be in Libya on Thursday, the day its application to join the international treaty banning chemical
weapons takes effect.
The OPCW, the agency established to oversee the treaty, conducts pre-announced and surprise inspections.
OPCW Director Rogelio Pfirter said on Tuesday: "Libya is supposed to put forward a complete declaration about all they have in connections with chemical weapons be it in terms of production, stockpiling or whatever and... is supposed to undertake a complete programme of destruction within a limited period of time."
A spokesman from the OPCW said the inspectors will not only aid in preparing Libya's initial declaration, but will advise the country on keeping weapons stockpiles safe until they are destroyed, destroying them in a safe and verifiable way, and establishing internal agencies to help regulate potentially dangerous chemicals in the future.
The United States and Russia, the largest possessors of chemical weapons and signatories of the treaty, both maintain public records of their stocks and progress toward destroying them.
Only 13 countries remain which have not signed or ratified the convention: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, North Korea, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Niue, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, Syria, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.