Latvian official pledges support to chemical weapons ban
Ambassadors from across the union supported an expanded role of support for the OPCW and its efforts of eliminating chemical weapons. Among those in attendance was High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini and Ambassador Maris Klišans, who expressed his appreciation for Mogherini's continued support of OPCW activity.
The OPCW is the central organization that oversees the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The organization holds exercises in order to facilitate knowledge and discussions on the best practices in ensuring that chemical weapon stockpiles are eliminated and that their use and development does not occur.
Four countries have yet to agree to the CWC's terms -- Egypt, South Sudan, North Korea and Angola -- and Myanmar and Israel have not ratified the convention.
The OPCW also plays a role in surveying the potential use and overall violation of the CWC. In Syria instances of chemical attacks from March are being studied through fact-finding missions.