OPCW Director-General uzumcu visits Sweden

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Saturday that OPCW Director-General Ahmet uzumcu concluded a two-day visit to Sweden to provide an update about Syria's chemical weapon stores.


uzumcu met with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, and provided a detailed plan from the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria including the removal and destruction of Syrian chemical weapons.


uzumcu said he was grateful for "the contribution by the Swedish authorities to disarmament efforts, including to the OPCW."


During the visit to Sweden, uzumcu met with Per Westerberg, the speaker of the Swedish Parliament, and took part in a panel discussion about chemical disarmament with Bildt and Paul Walker of Green Cross International.


uzumcu said Sweden's support for the Chemical Weapons Convention through science, industry and non governmental organizations is praiseworthy.


The visit comes shortly after uzumcu visited Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and members of Norway's Parliament to provide updated information about the removal of Syria's chemical weapons.


uzumcu received the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 on behalf of the OPCW and its work in chemical weapon disarmament.


"For sixteen years now, the OPCW has been overseeing the elimination of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction," uzumcu said. "Our task is to consign chemical weapons to history forever."