OPCW Director-General uzumcu visits Georgia

Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ambassador Ahmet uzumcu attended meetings and a CBRN conference from June 2-3 in Georgia.

uzumcu briefed Georgian officials on recent efforts by the OPCW to implement the standards of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), including missions to eliminate global stockpiles of chemical weapons, and particularly in Syria.

The Georgian officials included Minister of Foreign Affairs Maia Panjikidze, First Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsiashvili, Deputy Minister of Education and Science Tamaz Marsagishvili and Deputy Minister of Defense Mikeil Darchiashvili.

uzumcu thanked Georgia for its support of the OPCW and implementing CWC standards in the region.

The director-general also spoke at the opening session of the World Congress CBRNe Science and Consequence Management in Tbilisi. He noted that the CWC has provisions for helping countries develop the capacity to respond to chemical attacks or incidents, and outlined efforts made by the OPCW to fulfill that goal.

OPCW is the implementing body of the CWC and was founded in 1997. The convention currently has 190 member states, which collaborate to eliminate chemical weapons. OPCW is run by an executive council made up of 41 members elected to two-year terms.