Syria: Use of chemical weapons ‘blight’ on worldwide group’s conscience

“Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and the absence of accountability for the previous use of such weapons stays a blight on the conscience of the worldwide group,” mentioned Excessive Consultant Izumi Nakamitsu.

OPCW updates

She up to date the Ambassadors on the actions of the Workplace for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) with counterparts on the Group for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), together with a daily month-to-month name with Director-Normal Fernando Arias.

Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (file).

Regardless of journey restrictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the OPCW Technical Secretariat has continued with its mandated actions on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.

In the meantime the OPCW Declaration Evaluation Crew (DAT) is persisting with ongoing efforts to make clear excellent points associated to Syria’s declarations submitted in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

“I’ve been suggested that the OPCW Secretariat has not but obtained the requested declaration…on all undeclared sorts and portions of nerve brokers produced and/or weaponized at one former chemical weapons manufacturing facility…declared by the Syrian Arab Republic as by no means having been used to supply and/or weaponize chemical warfare brokers”, she said.

Nor has it obtained info from Syria on the unauthorized motion and stays of two destroyed cylinders associated to a chemical weapon incident in Douma on 7 April 2018, she continued, urging the Authorities to reply to these requests “as quickly as doable”.

Ms. Nakamitsu advised the Ambassadors that for nearly 10 months, the OPCW has tried to schedule talks in Damascus, nonetheless, Syria’s “continued refusal” to difficulty an entry visa for one member has prevented discussions there.

Unresolved points

On account of recognized gaps, inconsistencies and unresolved discrepancies, OPCW is unable at this stage to evaluate Syria submitted declaration and can’t think about it to be correct and full in accordance with the CWC.

“I reiterate my name to the Authorities…to facilitate preparations for the deployment of the DAT as quickly as doable…it’s only via full cooperation…with the OPCW Technical Secretariat that every one excellent points associated to the Syrian Arab Republic’s preliminary declaration will be closed,” Ms. Nakamitsu affirmed.

“The arrogance of the worldwide group within the full elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons programme relies upon upon these points being finalized”.

Reality-Discovering Mission

The OPCW Reality-Discovering Mission (FFM) continues to analyse all out there info associated to allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria and is getting ready for upcoming deployments, topic to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with an FFM report, there are affordable grounds to imagine that on 1 September 2015, a chemical blistering agent was used. Nevertheless, whether or not or not chemical substances have been used as a weapon couldn’t be established.

In a separate report about an incident in Kafr Zeita on 1 October 2016, the FFM concluded that there have been “affordable grounds” to imagine {that a} chlorine cylinder was certainly “used as a weapon”.

A replica of each FFM stories was shared with the Council earlier this month.

In the meantime, the Investigation and Identification Crew (IIT) continues to probe incidents wherein the FFM has decided that chemical weapons have been or could have been utilized in Syria and can difficulty additional stories sooner or later

Solely via solidarity and shared humanity can we alleviate the struggling of the Syrian folks – UN disarmament chief

‘Full assist’ to OPCW

With the first accountability for worldwide peace and safety, “unity within the Security Council continues to be essential”, mentioned the UN disarmament chief, including that these recognized as chargeable for utilizing chemical weapons should be held accountable.

“Such profound violations of worldwide legislation can not proceed to go unaddressed and unresolved”, she reminded, urging members to “put aside” their variations and refocus their efforts to achieve a political answer that features important freedoms and human rights and holds accountable those that use chemical weapons.

“Solely via solidarity and shared humanity can we alleviate the struggling of the Syrian folks and transfer in the direction of justice, peace, and reconciliation.”


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