UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

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The Deputy High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Adedeji Ebo, said that all efforts by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Technical Secretariat to organize the twenty-fifth round of consultations between the Declaration Assessment Team and the Syrian National Authority continue to be unsuccessful. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 11 JUL 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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11 JUL 2023, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Adedeji Ebo, Deputy High Representative, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA):
“Unfortunately, efforts by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Technical Secretariat to organize the twenty-fifth round of consultations between the Declaration Assessment Team (DAT) and the Syrian National Authority continue to be unsuccessful.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Adedeji Ebo, Deputy High Representative, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA):
“Full cooperation by the Syrian Arab Republic with the OPCW Technical Secretariat is essential to closing all outstanding issues. Considering the identified gaps, inconsistencies, and discrepancies that remain unresolved, at this time, the OPCW Technical Secretariat assesses that the declaration submitted by the Syrian Arab Republic still cannot be considered accurate and complete in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention.”
6. Med shot, delegates, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Adedeji Ebo, Deputy High Representative, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA):
“The use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anyone, under any circumstances, is a grave violation of international law. There can be no justification for their use. We must make every effort to ensure the continued resilience of the taboo against these horrific weapons. Those responsible for such attacks just be identified and held accountable, for the sake of the victims and as a deterrent to future chemical warfare.”
8. Med shot, delegates, Security Council

STORYLINE:
The Deputy High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Adedeji Ebo, said that all efforts by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Technical Secretariat to organize the twenty-fifth round of consultations between the Declaration Assessment Team (DAT) and the Syrian National Authority continue to be unsuccessful.

Addressing the Council on Monday (11 Jul), Ebo emphasized that full cooperation by the Syrian Arab Republic with the OPCW Technical Secretariat is essential to close all outstanding issues.

The OPCW Technical Secretariat has provided the Syrian Arab Republic with the list of pending declarations and other documents requested by the DAT since 2019 that could assist in resolving the current 20 outstanding issues.

The OPCW Technical Secretariat proposed, in May 2022, to address the declaration-related issues through exchange of correspondence.

Although the Syrian Arab Republic agreed to this proposal, the OPCW Technical Secretariat has yet to receive from the Syrian Arab Republic any declarations or other documents requested.

This includes the complete declaration of activities at the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (or SSRC) and the declaration of quantities of nerve agents produced at one chemical weapons production facility declared by the Syrian Arab Republic as never having been used to produce chemical weapons.

Ebo said, “Considering the identified gaps, inconsistencies, and discrepancies that remain unresolved, at this time, the OPCW Technical Secretariat assesses that the declaration submitted by the Syrian Arab Republic still cannot be considered accurate and complete in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention.”

Closing his remarks, Ebo reiterated, “The use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anyone, under any circumstances, is a grave violation of international law. There can be no justification for their use. We must make every effort to ensure the continued resilience of the taboo against these horrific weapons. Those responsible for such attacks must be identified and held accountable for the sake of the victims and as a deterrent to future chemical warfare.”
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