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Syria’s Chemical Weapons: OPCW meets on Friday

Russia prepared to participate in the transporting and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a so-called intergovernmental organisation with its headquarters in The Hague and will have an important role in the plans to put Syria’s chemical weapons under an international supervision and the following destruction of the chemical arsenals from Syria. Of course, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is certainly the most relevant organisation for the investigation and control of the stockpiles with chemical arms on Syrian soil.

It was already to expect that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will soon meet in The Hague in order to discuss the Russian-American agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons and the possible joining of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) by Syria. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) promotes and controls the adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) that prohibits the production and use of chemical weapons.

According to a new official statement by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the first meeting in regards of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and the Russia-US deal to put the chemical stockpiles on Syrian soil under an international control and to destroy the chemicals afterwards will take place in The Hague tomorrow.

Thus, the members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will meet on Friday in order to discuss the Russian-US plan for the destruction of the chemical arsenals in Syria. According to the statement by the director general Ahmet Uzumcu, the members of the OPCW will meet at 14:00 o`clock (GMT) in The Hague in order to debate the plan and possible ways to conduct the control, investigation and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.

The Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) consists of 41 member states and it seems that every representative will participate in the meeting in The Hague tomorrow. While the OPCW is no real agency of the United Nations (UN), both sides share many connections and it is just to hope that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has less double standards and a higher level of neutrality than the UN.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the organization that has to conduct the investigations of the stockpiles in Syria and is, of course, charged with all other duties around the Russian-American agreement in regards of the chemical weapons in Syria. The OPCW has to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and to verify that Syria will comply with the Convention that prohibits the use and production of CW agents.

The Russia-US deal on Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal requests that the Syrian governance of President Bashar al-Assad will hand over a detailed list of its chemical weapons stockpiles and facilities to the United Nations (UN) till Saturday. However, according to recent statements by Bashar al-Assad, Syria will comply with this and submit a comprehensive list soon. Syria’s President al-Assad also said in a recent interview with Fox News that the plan and task would take at least a year and cost a billion dollars. However, some say it will take longer than just a year, especially the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.

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Meanwhile, Russias Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a new statement that it can happen that Moscow will participate in the process of the transport and the following destruction of the chemical weapons from Syria.

Although it is still questionable whether all chemical substances will be really transported out of Syria. A better plan would be the destruction of the chemical weapons directly in Syria – by e.g. establishing a relevant installation in the desert of Syria and to eliminate the chemical arms there. Of course, under the monitoring by experts.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu added that the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has initially proposed the plan to put Syria’s chemical weapons under an international control and in case the place for Russia in this context is determined, either as the side who will transport or destroy these chemical weapons from Syria, then it is clear that Russia will naturally be ready to participate in this process.

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