OPCW - Jean-Yves Le Drian met Fernando Arias, Director General of the OPCW (1st november 2019, The Hague) [fr]
Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign affairs met today with the Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Mr Fernando Arias at the OPCW Headquarters.
Mr Le Drian underlined the success of the OPCW which, since it creation, verified the destruction of more than 97% of the world declared stockpiles of chemical weapons.
Mr Le Drian and Mr Arias reviewed the Syrian chemical weapons dossiers, in particular the incertainty of the initial declaration of the Syrian Arab Republic, the on-going investigations on allegation of use of toxic chemicals in Syria as well as the up-coming first report of the Investigation and Identification Team that was recently put in place within the OPCW.
Mr Le Drian recalled the continuous commitment of France on the Syrian chemical dossier and announced a voluntary contribution of 1 million USD to the OPCW trust fund dedicated to OPCW’s activities related to Syria. “The Syrian chemical dossier remains a priority for France. Activities of the Fact finding mission, of the Declaration Assessment Team and of the Investigation and Identification Team are crucial to close this file. I renewed to the Director General our full confidence in the professionalism, independence, impartiality and precision of his teams”.
He mentioned the initiative by France to fight impunity, through the creation in January 2018 of the International Partnership against the impunity for the use of chemical weapons, which brings together today 40 States and the European Union.
France reaffirmed its continuous support to the OPCW, pillar of the chemical disarmament and non-proliferation regime, and therefore of the international security architecture.