Executive Council Receives Destruction Plan for Syrian Chemicals

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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 deadline set by the Council to destroy Syria’s priority chemicals by 31 March 2014 and other mostly commodity chemicals by 30 June 2014.

In his opening statement [PDF 23 KB] at the Council meeting, the Director-General confirmed that “the major elements of a transportation and destruction plan are in place” and that the mission in Syria “is making progress against heavy odds,” including a “massive procurement effort” that has gone into the collection and delivery to Syria of materials and equipment. He credited OPCW States Parties for offering transport, destruction facilities and other material assistance, and for making important financial contributions to the Special Trust Fund.

The Director-General cautioned that time schedules have been disrupted by a combination of security concerns, clearance procedures in international transit, and even inclement weather conditions. He said the possibility of some delays cannot be discounted but that the OPCW-UN Joint Mission is working intensively to commence removal and transportation operations, beginning with the removal of the priority chemicals from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic at the turn of the year.

“It would have been difficult a month ago to predict the availability of the assets that are now in place or will soon be,” he concluded in his statement. “The resolve and commitment of our States Parties have created the conditions in which we can feel confident in implementing the far reaching decisions of the Executive Council and the Security Council of the United Nations.”


Categories: OPCW and the UN, Syria

For further information, please contact OPCW Public Affairs. +31 (0) 70 416 3242, public.affairs@opcw.org | ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, The Netherlands

Follow OPCW on Facebook and Twitter.

More news

OPCW Director-General Visits the United States

THE HAGUE, Netherlands— 22 June 2018 —The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, met with Deputy Secretary of State for the U.S. Department of State, Mr John...22 June 2018Full story

H.E. Mrs Sheila Sealy Monteith (Jamaica)

H.E. Mrs Sheila Sealy Monteith, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the OPCW, presented her credentials to the Director-General on 21 June 2018.21 June 2018Full story

State of Palestine Joins the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

THE HAGUE, Netherlands —21 June 2018—The State of Palestine became a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, bringing the total number of OPCW Member States to 193. The State of Palestine deposited its instrument of...21 June 2018Full story

H.E. Mr. Vladimir Radulović (Montenegro)

H.E. Mr. Vladimir Radulović, Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 21 June 2018.21 June 2018Full story

First Responders from Asia Enhance Skills to Manage Chemical Emergencies

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 19 June 2018 – First Responders from Asia increased their skills in handling emergencies involving chemical weapons and toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) during the 13th  edition of the ...19 June 2018Full story

OPCW Confidentiality Commission Elects New Chairperson, Reviews Procedures

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 19 June 2018 — The Commission for the Settlement of Disputes Related to Confidentiality elected a new Chairperson during its annual meeting held on 7 and 8 May at the seat of the Organisation for the...19 June 2018Full story

First Responders Train to Handle Live Chemical Warfare Agents

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 19 June 2018 — Fifteen first responders from across the globe learned how to handle live warfare agents during a training held in Zemianske Kostol’any, Slovakia, from 4 to 14 June. During the training –...19 June 2018Full story

OPCW Confirms Use of Sarin and Chlorine in Ltamenah, Syria, on 24 and 25 March 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands —13 June 2018—The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed in a report released today that sarin was very likely used as a chemical weapon in...13 June 2018Full story

H.E. Mr Sibusisiwe Mngomezulu (Eswatini)

H.E. Mr Sibusisiwe Mngomezulu, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Eswatini to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 11 June 2018.11 June 2018Full story

OPCW Holds Conference on Countering Chemical Terrorism

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 7 June 2018 — Over 200 governmental experts, academics and industry representatives have gathered today for a two-day Conference on Countering Chemical Terrorism, convened by the Organisation for the...07 June 2018Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1922
<< First < Previous 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Next > Last >>