.@INakamitsu briefed the #UNSC on the elimination of the #chemicalweapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic during today's Open VTC, which considered the @OPCW Dir. General’s 83rd monthly report on implementing res. 2118 (2013). See full remarks👉 https://t.co/Ql2B50kTu5. pic.twitter.com/JsXRRDwDQq— ODA (@UN_Disarmament) September 10, 2020
OPCW awaiting response
More broadly, Ms. Nakamitsu said the OPCW Technical Secretariat has yet to receive a response to the 20 July 2020 letter sent by the OPCW Director-General to Syria’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, outlining the country’s obligations under OPCW Executive Council decision EC-94/DEC.2, “Addressing the Possession and Use of Chemical Weapons by the Syrian Arab Republic”.
As conveyed in the letter, the Technical Secretariat is ready to assist the Government in the fulfilment of these obligations within the required 90-day period.
“The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable”, Ms. Nakamitsu stressed. The requirement for those responsible to be identified and held accountable is paramount. “Ensuring accountability for chemical weapons use is our responsibility, not least to the victims of such attacks,” she assured, expressing hope that the Council will unite around this issue.