ICRC call for ratification of CWC and support of Joint Mission in Syria

The International Committee of the Red Cross released a statement at the Eighteenth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention this week calling for support of the Syrian mission.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Mission in Syria calls for the destruction of all chemical weapons in Syria. The ICRC said in its statement at The Hague in the Netherlands that two things need to happen to correct the wrong that was done to the Syrian people - States Parties need to support the OPCW-UN Joint Mission with human and financial resources and the Chemical Weapons Convention needs to be fully ratified.

"There can be no justification for any State to remain outside a treaty that aims 'for the sake of all mankind, to exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons,'" the ICRC said. "The ICRC urges the six States not yet party to the Convention to ratify or accede without delay."

The ICRC also asked States Parties to support the OPCW-UN Joint Mission to help its successful completion as one step towards the elimination of chemical weapons.

"The OPCW and the United Nations deserve the full respect and support of the international community for their efforts to reduce the risks of future chemical-weapon use," the ICRC said. "Disarmament efforts in Syria require substantial political attention, as well as human and financial resources."