Monday, April 8, 2013

OPCW Statement on Syria Investigation

Statement on Syria Investigation 21 March 2013

The Secretary General of the United Nations hasmade an announcement that he wishes the OPCW to be part of an investigation into an incident which according to Syrian authorities might have involved the use of a chemical munition.

The OPCW stands ready to extend its full support to the Secretary-General.

While allegations of this nature are not new to conflict situations, they are nonetheless serious, especially in the context of Syria which is not a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention. This remains a matter of serious concern.

As indicated by the Secretary-General, a mission of this nature, especially given the security situation inside Syria, requires careful planning. The OPCW will work closely with the United Nations in the establishment and conduct of this mission. More