EU donates additional 2.3 mln euro to OPCW for work in Syria

BRUSSELS, March 3 (KUNA) — The Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Uzumcu, announced Thursday that the European Union has contributed an additional 2.3 million euro to support the Organisation’s verification and fact-finding work in Syria.
He noted in a statement at the Hague that on 30 November 2015 the EU adopted a decision in support of UN Security Council Resolution 2235 (2015) in the framework of the EU’s Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
That resolution established a Joint Investigative Mechanism to identify individuals, entities, groups or governments who were perpetrators, organisers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use of chemicals, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical, as weapons in Syria.
“This important contribution will enable the Organisation to continue to effectively carry out crucial mandated activities”, said Uzumcu.
He added that the EU is committed to the complete elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, including destruction of Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpile to which the EU has already contributed 17 million euros. (end) nk.nfm