OPCW Director-General meets with Turkey Foreign Minister to discuss Syria investigation

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ambassador Ahmet uzumcu and the Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu met on Friday to discuss the OPCW's involvement in the United Nations investigation in Syria.

Davutoglu and uzumcu were in the United Kingdom on separate visits this week when they met. uzumcu told Davutoglu about new advancements to the operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The leaders also spoke about the OPCW's collaboration with the U.N.'s investigation of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The OPCW was in favor of the investigation. It supported U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's request to investigate the alleged crime scenes during the escalation of reports of alleged chemical weapon use in the suburbs of Damascus, which have allegedly caused many civilian casualties.

Davutoglu and uzumcu agreed that the mission to discover the facts about the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria is important. The leaders also agreed that if the investigation proves the Syrian government or the opposition forces used chemical weapons, it would be contrary to international customary law.

The OPCW said it aided the U.N. investigation with its expertise, since the U.N. investigation team is not a part of the CWC.