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 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

On 7 March 2006, H.E. Mr. Borys Tarasyuk, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, paid an official visit to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. The OPCW implements the Chemical Weapons Convention, which bans absolutely the development, production, stockpiling or use of chemical weapons, while stipulating the irreversible destruction of all existing stocks of these weapons.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Visits the OPCW

On 7 March 2006, H.E. Mr. Borys Tarasyuk, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, paid an official visit to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. The OPCW implements the Chemical Weapons Convention,...09 March 2006Full story

Russian Federation Begins Chemical Weapons Destruction at New Site in Kambarka

On 1 March 2006, the Russian Federation officially commenced chemical weapons destruction operations at the chemical weapons destruction facility located at Kambarka in the Udmurt Republic.07 March 2006Full story

Liberia Ratifies the Chemical Weapons Convention

Green denotes a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Yellow —Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo and Guinea-Bissau— denotes a State which has signed but not yet ratified the Convention. Red...01 March 2006Full story

OPCW Director-General Visits Algeria

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Rogelio Pfirter, paid an official visit to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria from 20 to 22 February 2006. 28 February 2006Full story

Haiti ratifies the Chemical Weapons Convention

Haiti and adjacent States. Green denotes a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Yellow —the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic— denotes a State which has signed but not yet ratified the Convention. Red...24 February 2006Full story

Director of the African Union’s Anti-Terrorism Centre visits the OPCW

On 15 February 2006 , H.E. Mr Abdelhamid Boubazine, Director ad-Interim of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism, visited the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in...21 February 2006Full story

Supporting Chemical Weapons Destruction in the Russian Federation

Belgium and The United Kingdom sign Memorandum of Understanding. Ireland and New Zealand increase financial contribution.21 February 2006Full story

OPCW Conducts Second Chemical Weapons Convention Training for Iraqi Officials

From 6 to 9 February 2006, experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) conducted the second, in-depth implementation training workshop for Iraqi officials, preparing their Government’s...15 February 2006Full story

Photo Not Available

H.E. Mr Félix Kodjo Sagbo (Togo)

H.E. Mr Félix Kodjo Sagbo of Togo presented his credentials to the Director-General  on 9 February, 2006.09 February 2006Full story

Djibouti Ratifies the Chemical Weapons Convention

Djibouti deposited its instrument of ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 25 January 2006. Thirty days after that date, on 24 February 2006, Djibouti will become the...31 January 2006Full story

OPCW news by e-mail

Subscribe

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