Syria and the OPCW

Below are all the OPCW's press releases and statements regarding Syria. For all content related to Syria, please see our special section.

13th and 14th Consignments of Chemicals Delivered to Latakia, Raising Overall Total of Removals to 65%

The OPCW-UN Joint Mission has confirmed that the Syrian government has delivered the 13th and 14th consignments of chemicals to Latakia, both of which were removed from the port. The two consignments were delivered to Latakia on...14 April 2014Full story

The United States and the OPCW co-hosted a visit by international media and NGOs aboard the MV Cape Ray

The United States and the OPCW co-hosted a visit by international media and NGOs aboard the MV Cape Ray, which is currently anchored at the port of Rota in Spain. The visit attracted some 30 leading TV, radio and print...14 April 2014Full story

12th Consignment of Chemicals Removed from Syria

The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria has confirmed that a 12th consignment of chemicals has been transported to the port of Latakia and removed from the country. Noting this latest consignment the OPCW Director-General, Ambassador...04 April 2014Full story

Director-General Meets Russian Foreign Minister

Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Mr Sergey Lavrov, who is in The Hague to attend the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). The Director-General discussed with the Foreign Minister...24 March 2014Full story

Director-General Meets with U.S. Secretary of State

Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü met this morning with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in The Hague to attend the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). The meeting was held at the OPCW Headquarters.The Director-General discussed...24 March 2014Full story

More Movement of Chemicals Out of Syria Boosts Removals to Half of Stockpile

The OPCW-UN Joint Mission has verified the delivery of another consignment of Priority 1 chemicals today to Latakia and their removal from the port on a cargo ship, raising the amount of Syrian chemicals that are now out of the...20 March 2014Full story

Executive Council Notes “Increasing Pace” in Moving Chemicals out of Syria, Requests Accelerated Efforts to Complete Their Removal

OPCW-UN Joint Mission verifies nearly 29% of total chemical stockpile has been removed 07 March 2014Full story

Syria Submits Revised Proposal to OPCW for Removal of Chemicals and Accelerates Pace of Deliveries to Latakia

The Syrian Arab Republic has submitted to the OPCW a revised proposal that aims to complete the removal of all chemicals from Syria before the end of April 2014. The OPCW-UN Joint Mission also verified that two more consignments...04 March 2014Full story

Consignment of Sulfur Mustard Delivered to Latakia and Removed from Syria

The Government of Syria today transported a fourth consignment of chemicals, a quantity of sulfur mustard, to the port of Latakia where it was loaded onto a cargo ship and removed from the country. The sulfur mustard is one of...26 February 2014Full story

Japan Donates €13.25 Million to OPCW for Syria Operations

The Government of Japan has donated €13.25 million to a special OPCW Trust Fund to support the Organisation’s operations related to the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme. It is the single largest donation received...25 February 2014Full story

OPCW Awards Contracts to Two Companies for Destruction of Syrian Chemicals and Effluents

Following a rigorous tendering process, the OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, announced today that the OPCW has awarded contracts to the following two companies with respect to the Call for Proposals for Transport,...14 February 2014Full story

Statement by the Director-General

The movement of the third consignment of chemicals from Syria took place today. The Director-General, while noting this movement and the recent destruction of 93 percent of the Isopropanol, has expressed hope that these...10 February 2014Full story

OPCW-UN Joint Mission: Removal and Elimination of Chemical Weapons Material

A third shipment of chemical weapons material took place from the Syrian Arab Republic today. The material is on board a Norwegian cargo vessel accompanied by a naval escort from the People’s Republic of China, Denmark, Norway,...10 February 2014Full story

Director-General: Need to “Pick Up Pace” In Removing Chemicals from Syria

In a meeting of the OPCW Executive Council yesterday, Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü briefed the Council on efforts underway to expedite the process of removing Syrian chemicals that have been identified for destruction outside...31 January 2014Full story

Canada Contributes CAD 10 Million to Syria Trust Fund

The Prime Minister of Canada has announced his Government will make a voluntary contribution of CAD10 million (roughly €6.6 million) to the Trust Fund for destroying Syrian chemical weapons,  part of a line of support that...24 January 2014Full story

OPCW Receives Tenders from 14 Private Firms to Destroy Syrian Commodity Chemicals and Effluents

A total of 14 private firms have submitted tenders to destroy 500 metric tonnes of Syria’s commodity chemicals, as well as effluent from the neutralisation of its Priority chemicals, at commercial facilities outside of the Syrian...20 January 2014Full story

Trans-loading of Syrian Chemicals to be Undertaken at Port of Gioia Tauro in Italy

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, confirmed today that the Italian Government has agreed to allow the port of Gioia Tauro for priority chemicals brought from Syria by cargo vessels to be trans-loaded onto a U.S....16 January 2014Full story

Germany to Destroy Effluent from Syrian Chemicals

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has confirmed to the OPCW that it will dispose of 370 metric tonnes of effluent to be generated by the hydrolysis of Syria’s stock of mustard gas aboard the U.S. vessel MV Cape...09 January 2014Full story

Director-General: Removal of Priority Chemicals in Syria Marks “Important New Phase” in Work of Joint Mission

The Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü informed the OPCW Executive Council today about the commencement of the removal of priority chemicals from Syria for destruction outside the country and described it as  “an important new...08 January 2014Full story

First Priority Chemicals in Syria Transported to Latakia and Removed from the Country

The removal of the first consignment of priority chemicals from the Syrian Arab Republic took place today. The chemicals were transported from two sites and loaded onto a Danish vessel which left the port of Latakia. The...07 January 2014Full story

Statement by the Director-General

The Director-General has welcomed the further steps by the international community demonstrating that it is poised and ready to assist with the removal of chemicals from the Syrian Arab Republic for disposal outside its...28 December 2013Full story

Executive Council Receives Destruction Plan for Syrian Chemicals

As requested by the OPCW Executive Council, Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü yesterday submitted to the Council a plan for destroying the Syrian Arab Republic’s chemical weapons outside of the country.  The plan aims to meet a...18 December 2013Full story

Syria Joint Mission Update

The OPCW UN Joint Mission in Syria has now verified that all Category 3 (unfilled) munitions declared by the Syrian Arab Republic have been destroyed.The team has also verified the destruction of additional special features of...06 December 2013Full story

United States offers to destroy Syria’s Priority Chemicals

OPCW receives expressions of interest from 35 private companies to destroy other Syrian chemicals30 November 2013Full story

Director-General: Syria Mission Reflects a Collective Commitment

Following the issuance of the second monthly progress report regarding the OPCW- UN Joint Mission in Syria, a meeting of the Executive Council of the OPCW was held on 26 November 2013.In his opening statement Director-General...27 November 2013Full story

Commercial Chemical Companies Invited to Dispose of a Significant Part of Chemicals from Syria

In accordance with the decision of the OPCW Executive Council’s adopted on 15 November 2013 which requested the Director-General of the Organisation to explore ‘options for destruction in commercial chemical disposal facilities’...22 November 2013Full story

OPCW adopts plan for destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme in the first half of 2014

• Most critical chemicals to leave Syria by end of 2013 • Over 60 percent of unfilled warheads and bombs destroyedThe OPCW Executive Council (EC) approved today a detailed plan of destruction [PDF - 40 KB] to eliminate Syria’s...15 November 2013Full story

Director-General Updates the Executive Council on the Work of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission

Addressing today the 34th meeting of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü provided an update [PDF - 55 KB] on the progress made in the OPCW-UN...05 November 2013Full story

Syria Completes Destruction Activities to Render Inoperable Chemical Weapons Production Facilities and Mixing/Filling Plants

Director-General salutes returning group of OPCW inspectors to The Hague31 October 2013Full story

OPCW Completes First Round of Verification Activities in Syria

As of 27 October 2013, inspectors of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria completed verification activities at 21 of the 23 chemical weapons related sites declared by...28 October 2013Full story

Syria Submits its Initial Declaration and a General Plan of Destruction of its Chemical Weapons Programme

On 24 October 2013, the Syrian Arab Republic submitted to the OPCW its formal initial declaration covering its chemical weapons programme. Syria’s submission is in line with the deadline set by the OPCW Executive Council in its...27 October 2013Full story

Joint Statement from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations (UN)

The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria has been established today. This follows close consultations between the Director-General of the OPCW and the Secretary-General of the United Nations. It also conforms with the provisions of the...16 October 2013Full story

Syria’s Accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention Enters into Force

Today, on 14 October 2013, the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force for the Syrian Arab Republic, making it the 190th State Party to the treaty. Syria deposited its instrument of accession with the United Nations...14 October 2013Full story

Press release by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations on the advance team in Syria

The advance team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations has made good progress in verifying the information submitted by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic on its chemical...11 October 2013Full story

OPCW Deploys 2nd Team of Inspectors to Expand Verification and Destruction Activities in Syria

The OPCW Technical Secretariat in The Hague will deploy a second team of inspectors for the mission in Syria that will augment the advance team of OPCW experts, who have been in Syria since 1 October conducting verification and...08 October 2013Full story

OPCW Team Completes First Week of Work in Syria

A group of OPCW Technical Secretariat experts who were part of the advanced team that has been in Damascus since 1 October has returned to The Hague. This group was tasked to engage with the Syrian authorities in accordance with...06 October 2013Full story

Syria Chemical Weapons Destruction Begins

Press release by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United NationsDamascus, 6 October 2013: The process of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons programme began today. Under the supervision of experts...06 October 2013Full story

Syria Submits Additional Information to the OPCW

Press Release from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations The Hague, 4 October 2013: At a meeting of the OPCW Executive Council held on 3 October 2013, Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü...04 October 2013Full story

Syria Chemical Weapons Team Reports Encouraging Progress

Press Release from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations Damascus, 3 October 2013: The joint OPCW-UN team mandated to assist Syria with the elimination of its chemical weapons...03 October 2013Full story

Chemical weapons team gets down to work in Syria

Press Release from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United NationsDamascus, 2 October 2013: The joint OPCW-UN team has completed its first working day in an operation that aims to rid Syria of...02 October 2013Full story

OPCW-UN team arrives in Damascus and sets up operational base

News release from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations Damascus, 1 October 2013: An OPCW-UN advance team has arrived in Damascus just four days after the OPCW Executive Council and...01 October 2013Full story

OPCW Executive Council Adopts Historic Decision on Destruction of Syria Chemical Weapons

The OPCW Executive Council today adopted a historic decision [PDF - 28 KB] on the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.  In a special session, the 41-member body agreed on an accelerated programme for achieving the...27 September 2013Full story

The OPCW Prepares for Historic Challenge

The report of the UN Mission to investigate the alleged use of Chemical Weapons in Syria was shared with UN members by the UN Secretary General today in New York. The report has confirmed that chemical weapons were indeed used in...16 September 2013Full story

OPCW Director-General Welcomes Agreement on Syrian Chemical Weapons

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, has welcomed the agreement on chemical weapons in Syria that was announced today following talks held in Geneva...14 September 2013Full story

OPCW to Review Request from Syria

The Director-General of the OPCW Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü received a letter on 12 September sent by the Syrian Foreign Minister, Mr Walid al-Muallem, informing him of the decision by the Syrian Government to join the Chemical...13 September 2013Full story

Statement by the OPCW Director-General on Syria Proposal

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, has noted the proposal to place the Syrian stockpile of chemical weapons under international control and the...10 September 2013Full story

UN Investigation Team Returns to The Hague from Syria

The United Nations team investigating allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria has arrived on 31 August in The Hague, the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), after having...02 September 2013Full story

UN Secretary-General, OPCW Director-General Meet in The Hague

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, and the Director-General of the OPCW, Mr Ahmet Üzümcü, met today in The Hague and called upon all parties in Syria to extend their full cooperation to the UN...28 August 2013Full story

OPCW Director-General condemns attack on UN Inspection Team

The Director-General of the OPCW, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü has condemned the attack on a vehicle transporting the UN Inspection Team investigating the allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria. The sniper fire struck the...26 August 2013Full story

Statement by the OPCW's Director-General on Syria

The OPCW Director General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, is gravely concerned about the latest allegations of use of chemical weapons in suburban Damascus reportedly resulting in tragic loss of innocent civilian lives. Any use of...23 August 2013Full story

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