The OPCW Prepares for Historic Challenge

Monday, 16 September 2013

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 Syria. The Director-General of the OPCW Ahmet Üzümcü said “this is a tragic development that I condemn strongly. This clearly makes it all the more important to ensure that the programme for chemical demilitarisation in Syria succeeds.”

On 14 October 2013, the Chemical Weapons Convention will enter into force for Syria and the country will become the 190th Member State of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Syria joins the Convention against the background of extraordinary circumstances. It is therefore envisaged that the programme to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria will be initiated in a matter of days. Syria will provide, on an expeditious basis, a complete inventory of its chemical weapons, production facilities, and related materials to the OPCW. Our experts will verify the accuracy of this disclosure with on-site inspections, and will also assist in putting into place arrangements to keep the warfare materials and the relevant facilities secure until their destruction.    

The Executive Council of the OPCW is expected to meet soon to consider matters connected with the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria.

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, said:

“I am aware of the onerous responsibility that the international community is placing on our shoulders.  I and my team approach this with a sense of destiny because so much is at stake. We will bring to bear on this mission our full energies and commitment, and I have every confidence that the international community will support us fully.”

The Chemical Weapons Convention represents the sole multilateral mechanism to rid the world of these terrible weapons. As its implementing body, the OPCW, with over 16 years of experience, possesses the necessary skills and capacities to undertake such missions. Nine OPCW inspectors participated in the UN investigation of alleged us in Syria, and OPCW experts are already at work preparing a roadmap that anticipates the various challenges involved in verifying Syria’s declared stockpiles.


Categories: OPCW and the UN, Syria

For further information, please contact Michael Luhan, Head, OPCW Media & Public Affairs. Tel: + 31 (0) 70 416 3710 or +31 (0)6 5356 8512 or media@opcw.org | ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, The Netherlands

More news

H.E. Mr Jonghyun Choe (Korea)

H.E. Mr Jonghyun Choe, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 28 November 2014.28 November 2014Full story

Picture of Participants at the Second National Workshop on Education and Outreach, which was held in Argentina on 20 and 21 November 2014

Second National Workshop on Education and Outreach held in Argentina

A National Workshop on education and responsible use of chemistry was held 20 and 21 November 2014 at the premises of Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), in the city of Bahia Blanca, Argentina.  The workshop was organised by...27 November 2014Full story

Picture of Mr Gabriel Edgardo Aguilera Peralta

H.E. Mr Gabriel Edgardo Aguilera Peralta (Guatemala)

H.E. Mr Gabriel Edgardo Aguilera Peralta of the Republic of Guatemala presented his credentials to the Director-General on 25 November 2014.25 November 2014Full story

The Director-General's Opening Address at the Vincent Award

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü, was invited to address a ceremony at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague to announce this year’s recipient of the Vincent Award, one of Europe's leading art prizes. The biennial award is intended...25 November 2014Full story

H.E. Mr Willys Delvalle (Panama)

H.E. Mr Willys Delvalle, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Panama to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 20 November 2014.20 November 2014Full story

Briefing for Non-Residential Permanent Representatives to the OPCW

The Technical Secretariat of the OPCW organised a briefing for non-residential Permanent Representatives to the OPCW on Monday 17 November in Brussels. More than 30 representatives based in Brussels and London attended the...19 November 2014Full story

Director-General Delivers Address at Oxford University

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, addressed faculty and students of the Said Business School at Oxford University on 17 November 2014 on the theme of “Chemical Disarmament: The Nobel, Syria and Future...18 November 2014Full story

Picture of Director-General Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü and the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Director-General Meets UK Foreign Secretary

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, met with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, during Mr Hammond’s visit to The Hague yesterday. The...14 November 2014Full story

Picture of Participants at a Regional Training for Customs Authorities on Technical Aspects of CWC Transfers’ Regime, which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Regional Training for Customs Authorities on Technical Aspects of CWC Transfers’ Regime Held in Buenos Aires

The OPCW and National Authority of Argentina jointly organised a training course for customs officers on the technical aspects of the transfers’ regime of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) from 28 to 31 October 2014 in Buenos...14 November 2014Full story

Picture of Participants at a Regional Table Top Exercise in Chemical Emergency Response, which was held in Costa Rica from 4 - 7 November 2014

Regional Table Top Exercise in Chemical Emergency Response Held in Costa Rica

A pilot regional table top exercise in chemical emergency response for States Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean was held from 4 to 7 November 2014 in the capital city of San José. The OPCW organised the exercise in close...13 November 2014Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1457
<< First < Previous 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Next > Last >>

OPCW news by e-mail

Subscribe

Are you subscribed already and wish to unsubscribe or update your profile?