OPCW no control on Syria

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Netherlands has no control on the Syrian case as Syria is not a member of the organization

OPCW no control on Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)  in the Netherlands' The Hague city has no right to put a sanction on the Syrian case as Syria is not a member of the organization.

Ambassador Ahmet Uzumcu has been the Director General of OPCW since 2010. OPWC started its activities in 1997. The organization is responsible for the controlling of the prohibition of chemical weapons agreement, which became valid in 1997.  

188 countries are party of OPCW, which has 41 executive council members, changing periodically. Sided countries and executive council are the decision-making organs of the organization at the same time.

US, Russia and Turkey signed OPCW, while Syria, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea, Angola, South Sudan and Somalia are not a party of the agreement. Thus, OPWC does not have the right to control and put sanctions on these countries.

Uzumcu's term in office will expire in 2014.

Meanwhile, OPCW has not announced any statement on the recent chemical attack in Syria.

On Wednesday, Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said at least 1,300 people were killed in a poison attack which it blamed on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the suburbs of the Ghouta region near Damascus.

But the Syrian regime strongly denied the claim and described reports and figures as "lies and groundless," saying reports were aimed at "distracting a visiting team of United Nations chemical weapons experts from their mission."

A UN team is currently in Syria to investigate an earlier allegation of use of chemical weapons reported by the Syrian government at Khan al-Assal as well as two other allegations reported by Security Council member states.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 18:04
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