Statement by the OPCW on Syria

Wednesday, 05 December 2012

In response to questions on developments in Syria the OPCW spokesperson issued the following statement:

The OPCW continues to monitor reports on current developments in Syria with regard to concerns about chemical weapons. The Director-General agrees with the recent statement made on behalf of the U.N. Secretary-General.

The use or threat of use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. As a party to the 1925 Geneva Protocol, Syria is obligated by international law not to use chemical weapons under any circumstances.  The Syrian Government must also ensure the safety and security of any stocks of chemical weapons it may possess.
 
The OPCW has made numerous overtures over the years to Syria to join the Chemical Weapons Convention, without any official response to date. In November, together with the UN Secretary-General, the Director-General sent joint communications to the heads of State or Government of the eight remaining States not Party, including Syria, urging them to join the Convention “without delay”.


Categories: Asia, 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

Regional Assistance and Protection Course Held in India

The Regional Basic Course on Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons was held in New Delhi from 25 to 29 August 2014. The course was offered by the Indian Government under Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention...03 September 2014Full story

H.E. Mr. Teshome Toga (Ethiopia)

H.E. Mr. Teshome Toga of Ethiopia presented his credentials to the Director-General on 2 September 2014. 02 September 2014Full story

OPCW: All Category 1 Chemicals Declared by Syria Now Destroyed

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, reported to the Executive Council today that 100% of all Category 1 chemicals declared by the Syrian Arab Republic, totalling approximately 1,040 tonnes, have now been verified...28 August 2014Full story

1st Regional Assistance and Protection Exercise for GRULAC States Parties Held in Brazil

The first Regional Exercise in Assistance and Protection for States Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) was held from 18 to 22 August 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. The course was co-organized by the Government of Brazil...27 August 2014Full story

Special Issue on the CWC in Leading Scientific Journal

Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, one of the leading journals in the field, has published a special issue for August 2014 entitled “Analysis of Chemicals Relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention“. Marc-Michael Blum and...22 August 2014Full story

Statement by the OPCW Director-General on the Destruction of Syrian Chemicals Aboard the MV Cape Ray

In an unprecedented undertaking, the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray has completed destruction of its entire consignment of 600 metric tonnes of Category 1 chemicals from the Syrian Arab Republic. This ends a crucial stage in the...19 August 2014Full story

15th Regional Meeting of National Authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean Held in Chile

The Government of Chile and the OPCW co-hosted the regional meeting in Santiago from 29 to 31 July 2014 with 33 participants from 26 States Parties* and a representative of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).The 3-day meeting is...13 August 2014Full story

U.S. Completes Destruction of Sarin Precursors from Syria on the Cape Ray

All 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas that were removed from the Syrian Arab Republic and trans-loaded onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray in early July, have been destroyed with neutralisation technology...13 August 2014Full story

Ellesmere Port Facility Completes Destruction of Its Consignment of Syrian Chemicals; Almost Three Quarters of Syria’s Entire Stockpile Now Destroyed

The United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office has announced that 190 metric tonnes of chemicals from the Syrian Arab Republic have been destroyed at a commercial facility in Ellesmere Port. The OPCW meanwhile confirmed...07 August 2014Full story

OPCW Maritime Operation Completes Deliveries of Syrian Chemicals to Commercial Destruction Facilities

In a statement this morning to the OPCW Executive Council, Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü announced that all 1300 metric tonnes of chemicals removed from the Syrian Arab Republic by the international maritime operation have been...24 July 2014Full story

Displaying 11 to 20 of 1432

OPCW news by e-mail

Subscribe

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