UN head of disarmament urges Syria to be innocent on chemical weapons-Global Issues

Izumi Nakamitsu also urged the country to cooperate with international agencies, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) And added “Full cooperation” is essential to “solving these outstanding issues.”


The head of UN disarmament is giving an update on the implementation situation Security Council Resolution 2118 (2013) Regarding the plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.

According to Ms. Zhongguang, Syria has submitted 17 amendments and several supplementary documents. So far, 20 of the 24 outstanding issues remain unresolved.


Izumi Nakamitsu, Deputy Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (Archive).

Izumi Nakamitsu, Deputy Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (Archive), UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

She told the members of the Council that these outstanding issues were “worrying” and involved undeclared research, production, and the armament of an unknown quantity of chemical weapons.

There are also “large amounts” of chemical warfare agents or precursors and chemical munitions, the whereabouts of which have not been fully verified.


Work in progress

Ms. Zhongguang listed all the information for the ambassadors OPCW Not yet received, such as declarations regarding all undeclared types and quantities of nerve agents produced at the former production facility, details of the damage caused during the June 8, 2021 attack, or unauthorized authorization of two destroyed gas cylinders Moving and remains.

Ms. Nakamitsu assured that once the Syrian State Authority provides sufficient information and explanations, a team of the OPCW will assist in revising the initial declaration if necessary.

The senior representative also informed that the OPCW was unable to arrange the 25th round of consultations in Damascus because the Syrian Arab Republic “continued to refuse” to issue entry visas for a member of the team.


Efforts to hold limited meetings with Syrian experts at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague also failed.

The head of disarmament affairs also pointed out that Coronavirus disease The pandemic has affected the OPCW’s ability to deploy to the country, but it is still prepared to do so.

Ms. Nakamitsu finally reiterated that she fully supports the integrity, professionalism, impartiality, objectivity and independence of the OPCW’s work.


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