OPCW, EU discuss cooperation and Syria

A delegation from the European Union Parliament met with officials of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday.

Leading the delegation were Marientje Schaake and Judith Sargentini. OPCW was represented by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü and other high-ranking officials.

The two sides focused on strengthening their cooperative work.

Üzümcü also detailed the efforts of bringing the Syrian chemical weapon's program to an end and to prevent additional attacks on Syrian citizens.

“Today’s visit underlines our commitment to working to end the use of chemical weapons worldwide, and we support the role the OPCW plays to accomplish this goal. In the European Parliament, we continue to push for efforts to end the terrible war in Syria, and in particular to ensure that anyone who has used chemical weapons is held accountable.”

Last week five attacks on the Idlib region were reported by hospitals and medical associations operating in the area including the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Doctors Without Borders. Both organizations reported black government helicopters dropping barrels of what they later determined was chlorine gas in Samrin, Binnish and Qaminas.

The most recent attack was carried out on March 24, SAMS reported. It left two dead and 20 injured with chlorine poisoning.

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