Ukrainian president takes major steps toward implementing CWC

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich recently approved an action plan covering 2012-2021 to implement Kiev's obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Yanukovich issued a presidential decree ordering 17 national agencies to collect, analyze and compare the data needed to fulfill its obligations to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as well as to establish and maintain national databases associated with those commitments, according to the Ukrainian News Agency.

In addition, 14 agencies were tasked to verify the status of inspection equipment and to ready those appointed as inspectors, as well as the groups they belong to.

Yanukovich ordered five agencies to begin monitoring the transportation of chemicals in the Ukraine that can be used to produce chemical weapons. State export controls were also activated to verify international transfers of chemicals and ensure that their end uses correspond with their declared uses, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Emergency Situations were recently given instructions to ensure that the state analytical laboratory is prepared to work in conjunction with the requirements of the CWC, including whether or not it posses the proper equipment and certifications.

Yanukovich began taking major steps towards the implementation of the CWC in 2011 when he appointed Oleksandr Horin, the ambassador of Ukraine to the Netherlands, as the permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was established in 1997 to ensure the implementation of the CWC.