Investigation and Identification Team (IIT)

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) is responsible for identifying the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. The IIT identifies and reports on all information potentially relevant to the origin of those chemical weapons in those instances in which the OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) determines or has determined that use or likely use occurred, and cases for which the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) has not identified the perpetrators of chemical weapons use in Syria.

The IIT is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of staff, which includes experienced investigators, analysts and a legal adviser who are led by a Coordinator. The team conducts its activities in an impartial and objective manner. The IIT is part of the OPCW Technical Secretariat and functions under the authority of the OPCW Director-General. The Technical Secretariat provides regular reports on its investigations to the OPCW’s Executive Council and to the United Nations Secretary-General for their consideration.

The OPCW Technical Secretariat established the IIT as mandated by the decision of the Conference of the States Parties entitled “Addressing the Threat from Chemical Weapons Use” (C-SS-4/DEC.3) dated 27 June 2018.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT)

First Report of the IIT

Dated 8 April 2020

The first report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team focuses on the incidents in Ltamenah, Syrian Arab Republic on 24, 25, and 30 March 2017.

Report and Statements

National Statements

Document Symbol Title Date
Ecuador: Statement by H.E. Ambassador Andrés Terán Parral Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the OPCW on the First Report of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team at the Ninety-Fourth Session of the Executive Council 9 July 2020
Uruguay: Statement by H.E. Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the OPCW on the First Report of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team at the Ninety-Fourth Session of the Executive Council (Spanish) 9 July 2020
People’s Republic of China: Statement by the Delegation of the People’s Republic of China on the Issue of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team 7 July 2020
EC‑94/NAT.16 Mexico: On the First Report of the Investigation and Identification Team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons 19 June 2020
EC‑94/NAT.9 Slovenia: Statement by H.E. Ambassador Sanja Stiglic Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OPCW on the First Report of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team 25 May 2020
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Mr Matthew Neuhaus, Permanent Representative of Australia to the OPCW, on the Release of the First Report of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team on the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic 24 April 2020
Australia: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 23 April 2020
Slovakia: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 23 April 2020
Turkey: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 22 April 2020
People's Republic of China: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 22 April 2020
EC‑94/NAT.8 New Zealand: Statement by H.E. Ambassador Lyndal Walker Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the OPCW on the First Report of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team 21 April 2020
Norway: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 20 April 2020
Ireland: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 20 April 2020
EC‑94/NAT.2 Sweden: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 17 April 2020
Republic of Korea: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 17 April 2020
EC‑94/NAT.5 Syrian Arab Republic: Statement by H.E. Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the OPCW on the First Report of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team Issued on 8 April 2020 16 April 2020
EC‑94/NAT.10 Czech Republic: Statement by H.E. Ambassador Katerina Sequensová Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the OPCW on the First Report of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team 16 April 2020
Switzerland: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 15 April 2020
EC‑94/NAT.3 Iran: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 15 April 2020
EC‑94/NAT.4 Germany: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 15 April 2020
Japan: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 15 April 2020
Belgium: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 14 April 2020
EC‑94/NAT.6 United Kingdom: Statement by H.E. Ambassador Peter Wilson Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the OPCW in response to the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and and Identification Team 14 April 2020
Canada: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 9 April 2020
EC‑94/NAT.7 France: Statement by H.E. Ambassador Luis Vassy Permanent Representative of France to the OPCW on the First Report of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team 9 April 2020
European Union: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 9 April 2020
EC‑94/NAT.1 USA: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 9 April 2020
Russia: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 9 April 2020
Netherlands: Statement on the First Report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) 8 April 2020

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