The Situation in the Middle East (Syria) - Security Council, 9317th Meeting

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Letter dated 26 April 2023 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2023/297)

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All efforts by the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weaponsnbsp;(OPCW) to organize the next round of consultations with Syria continue to be unsuccessful, the United Nations disarmament chief told the Security Council today, stressing the need for full cooperation by Damascus.

Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, said that, despite having provided Syria with the list of pending declarations, the Secretariat still has not received any of the requested documents, including the declaration of quantities of nerve agents produced at one chemical weapons production facility.nbsp;

She went on to underline that, considering the identified gaps, inconsistencies and unresolved discrepancies, the Technical Secretariat assesses that Syria’s declaration cannot be considered accurate and complete.nbsp;

In the ensuing debate, many Council members expressed frustration that almost a decade after the adoption of resolution 2118 (2013), the Syrian regime has still not shed light on its chemical weapon stocks.nbsp;

The meeting began at 10:01 a.m. and ended at 11:11 a.m.
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