OPCW director-general awarded Légion d'Honneur
On Tuesday, Üzümcü was awarded the Légion d’Honneur as recognition of his service as the OPCW director-general and to signify his career as a diplomat. The award ceremony was attended by many high officials from France and Turkey.
“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition by the French government, a long-standing partner in global chemical disarmament efforts,” Üzümcü said. “I share this recognition with the many colleagues who have worked with me to establish a more peaceful and secure world.”
During his visit, the director-general also met with officials from the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, including Louis Gauthier, secretary-general for defense and national security; Nicolas de Rivière, director-general for political and security affairs; Philippe Errera, director-general of international relations and strategy; and Hélène Duchêne, director of strategic affairs security and disarmament.
During this meeting, Üzümcü was briefed on the SECOIA project, which will establish a destruction facility to dismantle and dispose of chemical weapons dated back to the First World War. The OPCW reports that this facility is expected to become operational in 2016.