EU official pledges support for chemical weapons ban

The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy met with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü on Thursday.

During the meeting,  Federica Mogherini expressed that the EU was committed to its support of the OPCW and to assisting in addressing challenges posed by non-actors of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The OPCW head expressed gratitude for EU support and laid out information on the organization's mission to eliminate chemical armaments in Syria, specifically in response to recent chemical attacks thought to be perpetrated by the Syrian government.

A recent decision from the EU Council awarded a pledge to contribute approximately $2.7 million to implementation programs and other cooperative projects over the next three years.

“The European Union is a vital partner for the OPCW,” Üzümcü said. “Its support allows us to extend high-quality assistance programs to OPCW member states most in need.”

The CWC attempts to eliminate the use and development of chemical weapons. On the centennial of the first use of chemical weapons in World War I, the OPCW released a declaration of commitment to eliminating all chemical armaments. The director-general stated that is a fitting memorial action for those who were victims of chemical warfare or attack.

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