UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

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The top UN disarmament official urged the Syrian Arab Republic “to cooperate fully with the OPCW Technical Secretariat” and to declare “the exact types and quantities of chemical agents produced and or weaponized” at a site found to have been used for the production of chemical weapons despite the Syrian authorities declaring otherwise. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 3 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

3 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“I note that one of the outstanding issues pertains to a chemical weapons production facility that was declared by the Syrian National Authority as never having been used for the production of chemical weapons. However, the review of all the information and other materials gathered by the DAT [Declaration Assessment Team] since 2014 indicates that production and all weaponization of chemical warfare nerve agents did take place at this facility. Consequently, the OPCW Technical Secretariat has requested the Syrian Arab Republic to declare the exact types and quantities of chemical agents produced and or weaponized at this site. I understand from the OPCW Technical Secretariat that the Syrian National Authority has yet to respond to this request. As a result, the OPCW Technical Secretariat continues to assess that, at this stage, due to the identified gaps in consistencies and discrepancies that remain unresolved, the declaration submitted by the Syrian Arab Republic, cannot be considered accurate and complete in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention.”
4. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“I urge the Syrian Arab Republic to cooperate fully with the OPCW Technical Secretariat in that regard. As I have noted on many occasions, the confidence of the international community in the full elimination of serious chemical weapons program, depends upon the OPCW being able to close these outstanding issues. I hope that during the next round of consultations between the DAT and the Syrian National Authority to be held later this month, further progress will be made to resolve these issues.”
6. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“We have nothing to hide, nor to fear. In this context, we would prefer that everybody be informed of the facts on this dossier, and the severe shortcomings that have characterized the actions of the OPCW and its various teams, as well as the hostile practices and accusations pressure and blackmail exercised by certain Western countries against my country.”
8. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session

STORYLINE:

The top UN disarmament official urged the Syrian Arab Republic “to cooperate fully with the OPCW Technical Secretariat” and to declare “the exact types and quantities of chemical agents produced and or weaponized” at a site found to have been used for the production of chemical weapons despite the Syrian authorities declaring otherwise.

Speaking Wednesday (3 Feb) at the meeting of the Security Council on the situation in Syria, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said there are total of 19 outstanding issues in regard to the chemical weapons in Syria.

“One of the outstanding issues pertains to a chemical weapons production facility that was declared by the Syrian National Authority as never having been used for the production of chemical weapons,” Nakamitsu said. “However, the review of all the information and other materials gathered by the DAT since 2014 indicates that production and all weaponization of chemical warfare nerve agents did take place at this facility.”

She also said “the OPCW Technical Secretariat continues to assess that, at this stage, due to the identified gaps in consistencies and discrepancies that remain unresolved, the declaration submitted by the Syrian Arab Republic, cannot be considered accurate and complete in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention.”

Urging the Syrian authorities to cooperate fully with the OPCW Technical Secretariat in resolving the outstanding issues, the High Representative said “the confidence of the international community in the full elimination of serious chemical weapons program, depends upon the OPCW being able to close these outstanding issues. I hope that during the next round of consultations between the DAT and the Syrian National Authority to be held later this month, further progress will be made to resolve these issues.”

Speaking before the Security Council went to the close-to-public part of the meeting, the Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari said, “we have nothing to hide, nor to fear.”

“In this context, we would prefer that everybody be informed of the facts on this dossier, and the severe shortcomings that have characterized the actions of the OPCW and its various teams, as well as the hostile practices and accusations pressure and blackmail exercised by certain Western countries against my country,” Jaafari said.
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