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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Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus with the aim to proceed with the investigation.
Ambassador Hale stated, 'The Chemical Weapons Convention and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons provides the framework for developing modern approaches in safety and security management for handling chemicals and other dangerous substances.
"The Secretary-General sent a letter to the Security Council yesterday afternoon 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.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Syria has eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed it.
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.S.
"There is no way that the regime will be supplied with equipment that could be used by the army to kill more innocent Syrians," Reuters quoted a diplomat from a government with veto powers at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced on Sunday that Syria completed its arsenal declaration on Thursday, meeting the strict timeline of destroying the stockpile by mid-2014, CBS News reports.
NNA - The Federal Foreign Office, in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Defense, has launched a training program for civilian inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who are to be part of the UN mission overseeing the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, a press release by the German Embassy indicated Wednesday.
Moscow, SANA -- Russia's Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin said that the West through politicizing the work of the Organization through the mechanism of identifying the responsibility aims at foiling the political solution to the crisis in Syria.
He also reiterated his country's supportive stand to the efforts exerted by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, through their fact-finding missions, in investigating claims of chemical weapons use in Syria.

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