Foreign Minister of Switzerland Didier Burkhalter visits OPCW

Foreign Minister of Switzerland H.E. Didier Burkhalter discussed chemical weapons with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet uzumcu in the Hague on Monday.

uzumcu updated Burkhalter on the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. These talks included a review of the destruction of declared chemical weapon stockpiles, the need to achieve universality of the CWC and the OPCW's national capacity building activities.

uzumcu also talked to Burkhalter about the OPCW's contribution to the United Nations investigation of the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. Both men concluded that both sides in the conflict need to ensure the safety of investigators sent there and full access to the sites where chemical weapons were allegedly used.

The meeting concluded with uzumcu commending Switzerland for its commitment to the OPCW and support towards the work of the OPCW. Before leaving, Burkhalter affirmed his country's support of the OPCW and the CWC.

The OPCW is the implementing body of the CWC. It came into being in 1997 and currently has 188 member states. The goal of the OPCW is to work together to make a world free from chemical weapons.