Syria's accession to CWC enters into force

The Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force for the Syrian Arab Republic on Monday, making the country the 190th State Party to the treaty, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Syria deposited its instrument of accession with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 14.

According to the OPCW, the CWC is meant to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the transfer, retention, stockpiling, acquisition, production, development and use of chemical weapons. States Parties to the CWC must take the steps necessary to enforce the prohibition in respect of persons within their jurisdiction.

States Parties to the CWC agree to chemically disarm by destroying any stockpiles of chemical weapons they may hold or any facilities which produced them.

During the OPCW Executive Council's 74th session, held between October 8 and Friday, the council noted Syria's accession and urgently called upon all states not party to the convention to join without precondition or delay.

On Friday, the OPCW said an advance team of OPCW and United Nations inspectors made good progress in verifying the information submitted by Syria's government on its chemical weapons program. After 10 days of operations on the ground, the verification teams inspected three sites and planned to make further site visits.