– About 5000 Albanians have been protesting in the country’s capital Tirana against plans for the country to be used as a base for dismantling Syrian chemical weapons.

They carried banners and placards reading “No to sarin, Yes to oxygen, let us breathe” and “No to chemical weapons in Albania.”

The US has asked the Albanian government to take on the job of destroying Assad’s stockpile of nerve gas with promises of financial reward in return.

In Tirana, officials said no decision had been taken although the prime minister has indicated he is in favour.

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