uzumcu re-appointed for second term as OPCW Director-General

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Wednesday that Ambassador Ahmet uzumcu has been selected to serve a second term as the Director-General.

The re-appointment was made at the 18th session of the Conference of State Parties.

"I wish to express my sincere gratitude to all States Parties for the trust and confidence that is reflected in their decision to reappoint me as Director-General of the OPCW for a second term," uzumcu said. "On my part, I renew to you my pledge to serve this Organisation with my full commitment, complete dedication, and to the best of my ability."

uzumcu has been the OPCW Director-General since July 2010. Before he was appointed to the position, he represented Turkey at the United Nations Office and Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and the NATO Council.

uzumcu said eliminating Syria's chemical weapons while the country is at war has been an unprecedented challenge for OPCW, and 2013 has been a "historical year." He said the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to OPCW is "a clear recognition of 16 years of past achievement of the OPCW, representing a valuable contribution to global peace and security (that) will inspire us in our ongoing and future work."