OPCW's director-general meets with Nkoana-Mashabane to discuss progress

OPCW's director-general meets with Nkoana-Mashabane to discuss progress.
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü welcomed a International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, for a meeting on Tuesday.

During their meeting, the two discussed the support that South Africa has provided for the OPCW’s program in Africa. The director-general noted the country’s contributions to the continued implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Nkoana-Mashabane was informed of progress that has been made in reaching goals outlined in the convention. They also discussed measures that would benefit cooperation between the OPCW and South Africa.

“South Africa recognizes that the work of the OPCW, coupled with full, effective and non-discriminatory implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, will contribute tremendously towards its universality and international peace and security,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.

The meeting took place at the OPCW headquarters, located in The Hague, Netherlands.

The CWC is an international treaty that prohibits activity relating to chemical weapons, including stockpiling, development, deployment and research into weaponization of chemicals. The OPCW is the primary enforcement organization and will take on fact-finding missions regarding apparent violations. The OPCW also holds regular training courses on a regional basis in multiple areas, including legal frameworks for the CWC, implementation, chemical safety and response and others. 

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