94th session Session of the OPCW Executive Council - Statements by France (The Hague, 7-9 July 2020) [fr]

94th session Session of the OPCW Executive Council
Statements by France
Luis Vassy
Ambassador of France to The Netherlands
Permanent Representation of France to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Statement by Luis Vassy, Ambassador of France to The Netherlands, Permanent Representative of France to the OPCW following the adoption of Agenda Item 6(F) (French) (9 July 2020)

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Déclaration de la France - Point 6 F) de l’ordre du jour (9 juillet 2020)
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Statement by Luis Vassy, Ambassador of France to The Netherlands, Permanent Representative of France to the OPCW under Agenda Item 6(F) (French) (7 July 2020)

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Déclaration de la France - Point 6 F) de l’ordre du jour (7 juillet 2020)
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Statement by Luis Vassy, Ambassador of France to The Netherlands, Permanent Representative of France to the OPCW at the Ninety-Fourth Session of the Executive Council (7 July 2020)

Courtesy translation

Mr Chairman, Mr Director General,
Distinguished Ambassadors and delegates,

France aligns itself to the declaration made on behalf of the European Union and would like to add a few points in its national capacity.

First of all, I would like to congratulate Ambassador Vasquez Gomez from El Salvador, who has been elected Chair of the Executive Council. Let me assure you of the full support of my delegation and our confidence in your ability to guide our work.

Mr Chairman,

We have just gone through an unprecedented situation, cause of major changes in our everyday life as well as in our methods of work.

We called several times for the modernization of the Organization. The period we have just gone through made us even more conscious that we also need a technological modernization, in order to allow us to continue our work, including when it is not possible to meet in person.

We encourage all initiatives and technological solutions in this regard.

Mr Chairman,

We welcome the technological solution put in place by the Technical Secretariat in order to provide interpretation of this session of the Executive council in all the six official languages, including for the delegations that follow the discussions remotely, respectfully of the health regulations currently in place.

Defending the use of French and of all official languages, is, as you know, a priority for France in all international organisations. In the OPCW, as elsewhere, we keep watch over it.

Mr Chairman,

The Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) published its first report on April 8th. It is a solid, remarkable and detailed report. Its conclusions are clear-cut. We have the strong conviction that perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Ltamenah belong to units of the Syrian armed air forces.

It is now up to us, States parties to this Convention on the Prohibition of chemical weapons, to act. This session of the Executive council is a first step. We must act as responsible members of this policy-making organ of our Organization and for the credibility of our Organization.

We cannot let non-compliance with the Convention happening without taking action. It would only encourage other to do likewise. Syria is in non-compliance with Article I of the Convention, that prohibits the use of Chemical weapons. Syria is in non-compliance with its obligations under Article III. If the Syrian regime continued to use chemicals as weapons for military purposes, it is because it kept the capabilities to produce and use them, in violation of its international commitments. Syria is in non-compliance with Article VII paragraph 7 of the Convention by refusing to cooperate with the Technical Secretariat and by refusing to grant access and to provide information to the IIT.

It is in this prospect that a broad group of States parties propose for the adoption by the Council a draft decision that condemns the non-compliance of the Syrian regime with its obligations under the Convention and provides the Syrian regime with the opportunity to complete its initial declaration in order to redress the situation.

We call on all States parties members of the Executive Council to support the text. The prohibition of use of chemical weapons is a core principle that should unite us.

The Conference of States parties in November, within its mandate to review compliance and take the necessary measures to ensure compliance with the Convention, will be the next step.

Mr Chairman,

I would like this statement to be considered as an official document of this session of the executive council and be published in the OPCW Extranet and public website. I thank you./.

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94ème session du Conseil exécutif de l’OIAC - Déclaration de la France (7 juillet 2020)
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- Statement by the French ministry of Europe and Foreign affairs

- website of the OPCW

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