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OPCW Chief: Syrian government appreciated for its constructive cooperation


Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu expressed the organization’s appreciation to the Syrian government for its constant constructive cooperation.
During a meeting with Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad, held on the sidelines of the 19th Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in the Hague, Uzumcu hailed the fundamental progress made over the past period with regard to eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons, which he said constitutes a “common success” for both Syria and the OPCW.
Talks touched upon the positive developments related to eliminating the Syrian chemical file, with Mikdad stressing that it is time that the Syrian chemical file no longer be viewed from a special perspective now that Syria has fulfilled its obligations.
He presented a review of the huge efforts which Syria has exerted in the framework of implementing its commitments under the CWC.
While stressing that Syria should be treated as any country that is a party to the CWC, Mikdad reiterated Damascus’s readiness to continue cooperating with the OPCW.
Concluding activities, Conference of the States Parties to CWC stresses importance that discussions remain non-politicized
The conference wrapped up activities later on the day. It had seen lengthy discussions of the agenda items that included the completion of the destruction of chemical weapons in some countries and issues of international cooperation on technology and development.
The conference discussed the accomplishment related to the removal of the Syrian chemical weapons’ program in 2014 that culminated intensive efforts and close cooperation between the Syrian government and the OPCW.
Several countries expressed during the discussions appreciation for the Syrian government’s efforts amid tough and intricate conditions spawned by the acts of terrorist organizations, particularly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, and al-Nusra Front.
They condemned the use of chemical weapons and voiced concern over the possibility that terrorist organizations might use them against the Syrian people, emphasizing the importance that discussions within the OPCW remain non-politicized.

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