OPCW director-general awarded Légion d'Honneur

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü (left) with Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development. | Courtesy of the OPCW
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü visited French officials this week and was awarded the highest decoration by the country’s government.

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. 

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