Q - Yesterday you spoke of a French-German initiative at the OPCW on chemical weapons in Syria. Is this just a declaration, or is there a concrete draft to be voted on by the organization’s members?
A - On July 5, France and Germany presented a joint declaration at the Special Session of the OPCW Executive Council.
The OPCW’s Executive Council was meeting to discuss reports by its fact-finding mission in Syria. One of these reports concluded that two victims had died after being exposed to mustard gas in Oum Oush in September 2016. The other unequivocally concluded that sarin, a nerve agent prohibited by the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, was used in a chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4.
Faced with this blatant violation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, France and Germany believed it necessary to mobilize the international community without delay in support of the conclusions of these reports.
The OPCW’s Executive Council will meet again next week in an ordinary session.