Italy will be the country that will make one of its ports available to receive chemical products resulting from the destruction of part of the Syrian arsenal aboard a U.S. Navy ship, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said Monday.

Washington had also sounded out France and Spain to undertake this task, according to what diplomatic officials had reported earlier.

Bonino, who on Monday participated in a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, said that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will decide which of the country's ports is the most appropriate for the task.

The minister also said that the operation should take between 24 and 48 hours.

A U.S. Navy vessel will be in charge of neutralizing at sea the most dangerous chemical substances removed from Syria - including sarin and mustard gas - according to the international plan agreed to within the OPCW.

The remains of that neutralization process, products that are much less dangerous, will pass into the hands of private companies that will take charge of their management.

The most critical products are scheduled to leave Syria before the end of the year and to be destroyed late in March 2014, while the rest of the substances will be eliminated gradually by mid-2014.

The OPCW and the United Nations are leading the process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons thanks to an accord signed by Russia and the United States, the country that has assumed a major role in finishing off the chemical disarmament successfully. EFE