uzumcu praises international community for assistance in Syria

Ahmet uzumcu, the director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, recently praised the international community for its assistance with the removal of chemical weapons from Syria.

The OPCW announced on Saturday that States Parties providing maritime support for the operation met in Moscow on Friday and agreed on methods for coordinating transport and escort vessels in Syrian territorial waters. The OPCW Executive Council is slated to meet on January 8 to review progress of the mission.

uzumcu praised the efforts of States Parties helping to remove and transport the Syrian chemicals. The OPCW said that nearly all necessary logistical and security related assets are now available for the operation, despite multiple practical challenges. uzumcu encouraged Syrian authorities to look at all potential options for mitigating risk during the transportation of chemicals from their locations to the loading port.

uzumcu also praised the determination and courage of the OPCW-U.N. Joint Mission in Syria. He said the staff members' professionalism resulted in the achievement of major milestones, including the verification of destruction of the ability to produce additional chemical weapons and total destruction of all munitions means to be used as chemical weapons.

uzumcu said the joint mission is prepared to oversee the implementation of the final stage involving the removal and destruction of Syria's chemicals.