Latvian official meets with OPCW director-general

Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü, of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), on Thursday.

Among the topics discussed was the progress that has been made on OPCW project areas and the further implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Rinkevics also commended OPCW efforts in regards to the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria and to prevent further use of such weapons against its own citizens. 

Chlorine gas barrels were dropped from black helicopters on the Syrian town of Sarmin in March, along with neighboring towns and villages in the Idlib region. The attacks allegedly were perpetrated by the Syrian government.

Rinkevics expressed full Latvian support to the OPCW's efforts to stop additional use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. 

During the visit, Üzümcü also thanked Latvia for its large contribution to a recent exhibit at the OPCW headquarters. The Chemical Weapons in World War I exhibit featured old documents, photographs and decommissioned chemical armaments aimed to show the impact that these weapons had on human health and their humanitarian costs.


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