Slovakia Deputy Prime Minister Lajcak visits OPCW Technical Secretariat

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Repulibic, Miroslav Lajcak visited the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Technical Secretariat on Thursday.

Lajcak met with the OPCW Director General Ahmet uzumcu and OPCW senior staff during his visit. The leaders discussed the new developments of the OPCW, including its involvement in the United Nations investigation of alleged chemical weapon use in Syria.

The leaders also discussed the international progress made to date on the destruction of known chemical weapon stockpiles. The OPCW's progress towards achieving universality of the Chemical Weapon Convention and the organization's development activities on a national scale were also discussed.

uzumcu commended Lajcak for Slovakia's commitment to upholding the goals of the Convention and for its continual support of the OPCW. Lajcak reassured uzumcu of Slovakia's plans to continue to support the OPCW and its work.

The OPCW seeks to uphold the vision of the CWC. The CWC seeks to prohibit the use of chemical weapons while also advocating for peaceful use of chemistry and free international chemical trade.

The CWC went into effect in 1997. The Preparatory Commission, which later became the OPCW, was established in 1993 to pacify the implementation of the new international treaty.