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

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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 of chemicals have left the port of Latakia, including a quantity of mustard gas - a Priority 1 chemical - which was previously reported last Wednesday. Another movement, a significant consignment of other Priority 1 chemicals, is scheduled to arrive in Latakia during this week, which will bring the total number of movements thus far to six.

As of today, the total amount of chemicals removed from Syria stands at 26%. When the sixth movement is completed this week that total will rise to 35%, including 23% of Priority 1 chemicals and 63% of Priority 2 chemicals. In addition, the OPCW has verified that Syria has destroyed in situ more than 93% of its stock of isopropanol.

In his report to the opening session of the Executive Council, Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said that all materials and equipment required by Syria are now in place for the expeditious removal of its remaining chemicals, including armoured jackets for the protection of containers.

“Given delays since the lapse of the two target dates for removal, it will be important to maintain this newly created momentum,” the Director-General told the Council. “For its part, the Syrian Government has reaffirmed its commitment to implement the removal operations in a timely manner.”

The Special Coordinator for the OPCW-UN Joint Mission, Ms Sigrid Kaag, also briefed the Council on recent progress in the Syria mission.

"Nearly one third of Syria's chemical weapons material has now been removed or destroyed," the Special Coordinator told the Council. "This is good progress and I expect further acceleration and intensification of effort."

Prior to initiating operations in January to remove its chemicals, in late 2013 Syria completed the functional destruction of its chemical weapons production facilities, mixing and filling equipment, and all of its munitions that were designed for use with chemical warfare agents.

For more details on the OPCW’s activities in Syria, visit our special web page at: http://www.opcw.org/news-room/syria-and-the-opcw/

 

 


Categories: OPCW and the UN, Syria

For further information, please contact Mr Malik Ellahi, Acting Head, OPCW Media & Public Affairs. Tel: + 31 (0) 70 416 3836 or
+31 (0) 6 2905 5337 or media@opcw.org | ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, The Netherlands 

More news

Visit of the Judiciary Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the OPCW

A senior delegation representing the judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited the OPCW today. The delegation led by H.E. Mr. Kazem Garib Abbadi, Deputy Secretary General of the High Council for Human Rights for...03 February 2016Full story

OPCW Director-General Visits Dresden

OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, visited Dresden from 29 January-1 February 2016 at the invitation of the Frauenkirche Foundation and State Government of Saxony.  During his visit, he met with Prime Minister...01 February 2016Full story

United Kingdom’s Minister of State visits the OPCW

The Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns, DBE today met the OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü at...28 January 2016Full story

Special Alumni Bulletin on the Associate Programme

The International Cooperation Branch of OPCW’s Technical Secretariat has launched today a periodic Alumni Bulletin, with a view to share updates on its programmes and activities.  The first edition of the Bulletin is...22 January 2016Full story

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion of Somalia visits the OPCW

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Mr. Abdusalam Hadliyeh Omer, met the OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü on 12 January at the OPCW Headquarters in The...12 January 2016Full story

Destruction of Syrian chemical weapons completed

Veolia, the US firm contracted by the OPCW to dispose of part of the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile, has completed disposal of 75 cylinders of hydrogen fluoride at its facility in Texas. This completes destruction of all...04 January 2016Full story

Advanced and Exercise training course on Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons held in Qatar

The Advanced and Exercise training course on Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons for Arabic speaking States Parties was held in Doha, Qatar from 21 to 24 December 2015.The training was co-organized by the OPCW and...24 December 2015Full story

H.E. Mr Kenneth D. Ward (USA)

H.E. Mr Kenneth D. Ward,  Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 17 December 2015.17 December 2015Full story

Photo of Director-General Mr Ahmet Üzümcü (left) with Mr Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

Director-General Visits France, Receives Légion d'Honneur

The OPCW Director-General Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü paid an official visit to France where  he had meetings with Mr Louis Gauthier, Secretary General for Defense and National Security; Mr Philippe Errera, Director General of...15 December 2015Full story

Photo of participants at the Seventeenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities

Seventeenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities successfully concludes

The Seventeenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities was successfully held at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague from 27 to 29 November 2015. More than 200 participants from 123 States Parties attended, representing all...15 December 2015Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1599
<< 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?