Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


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Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

(OPCW), international body (est. 1997) responsible for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which aims at the destruction of all chemical weapons. The CWC was adopted in 1992 and came into force in 1997. The OPCW, a relatively small, autonomous organization that has a working relationship with the United Nations, has 190 member states (which have acceded to or ratified the CWC), and oversees the destruction of existing chemical weapons stockpiles and works to prevent the use of such weapons throughout the world. Among its activities have been the destruction of stockpiles in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, the last occurring in the midst of a civil war, and the confirmation of chemical weapons usage in Syria and elsewhere. The OPCW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In 2018 member nations voted to authorized the organization to apportion blame for a chemical attack in addition to confirming the occurrence of such an attack. See also chemical warfarechemical warfare,
employment in war of incendiaries, poison gases, and other chemical substances. Ancient armies attacking or defending fortified cities threw burning oil and fireballs. A primitive type of flamethrower was employed as early as the 5th cent. B.C.
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Established in 1997 and located in The Hague, the Netherlands, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons aims to implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in order to achieve the OPCW's vision of a world that is free of chemical weapons and of the threat of their use.
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu also participated in the event and offered remarks.
In a statement by German Foreign Minister Westerwelle, he indicated that his country emphatically supports the work being done in Syria by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General told reporters that the Secretary-General had sent a letter to the Security Council "proposing the establishment of a joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations in order to achieve the timely elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme in the safest and most secure manner possible.
Jeddah: May 13 (BNA)-- HRH Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense of the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, received in Jeddah today the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)'s General-Director, Ambassador Ahmed ?
lt;p>In his speech in the 14th session of the States Parties in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held in The Hague, Netherlands, during the period from November 30 to December 4, 2009, al-Dhabi pointed out that Yemen is one of the countries that call for making Middle East a free area of mass destruction weapons as well as it is being among the first countries that signed the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 1993.
Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura made the request to Jose Bustani, head of technical operations at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the official said.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to thoroughly investigate and verify allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun.
It also discussed a number of topics including speeding up the signing of the Agreement on Immunities and Privileges of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and following up on the reports that ought to be submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be speaking at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) building at 6pm on October 23.
Washington, Sha'ban 27, 1435, Jun 25, 2014, SPA -- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) continues to review the accuracy and completeness of Syria's declaration on its chemical weapons removal, the U.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is helping lead the effort, said the U.

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