Delegation from Germany visits the OPCW
They met with OPCW Deputy Director-General Grace Asirwatham, who provided updated information on the progress of declared stockpile elimination. The delegation consisted of Inge Höger, Carsten Müller, Deputy Chairman Ute Finckh-Krämer and Chairman Robert Hochbaum.
“The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is a rare success story in multilateral disarmament, and we must now do everything possible to make sure such weapons are never re-built,” Hochbaum said.
The Bundestag representatives also received information from other senior OPCW officials regarding the elimination mission of Syrian chemical weapons. They also discussed their recent visit to the Rijswijk-based OPCW Laboratory.
“Germany is a vital partner in our collective effort to rid the world of chemical weapons, and we welcome the active interest shown by parliamentarians in ensuring this effort continues to enjoy strong support,” Asirwatham said.
The OPCW oversees the implementation of the CWC and ensuring that the convention is followed. Part of its mission is to investigate reported cases of development, stockpiling or use of chemical arms among member and non-member states. It also holds regional training seminars in areas relating to CWC implementation, analytical chemistry, medical assistance and other courses for member states.