October 15, 2018

OPCW Director-General in UK

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, with Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan.

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, met with senior government officials and highlighted the chief challenges in chemical demilitarisation during his visit to the United Kingdom from 23 to 25 May 2018.

Ambassador Üzümcü held separate meetings on 24 May with the UK’s Minister of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Earl Howe, and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan.

During these meetings, the Director-General thanked the UK for its consistent stance as a champion of the OPCW’s work and as a vocal defender of the global norm against chemical weapons.

In his address to the 21st International Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference on 24 May, the Director-General depicted the shifting landscape of chemical demilitarisation.

The Director-General stated that there is “a clear and continuing role” for the OPCW in combatting chemical terrorism – a major new threat. He predicted that: “Diligent implementation of the legal obligations coupled with effective responses measures offer the best protection in this regard.”

At the Royal Society of Chemistry on 23 May, the Director-General spoke about the importance of science related to the implementation of the CWC.

He remarked that as the Organisation goes forward into the post-destruction era, the relationship with science will intensify and the OPCW will continue relying upon scientific insights to ensure that science is used solely for human benefit.

Ambassador Üzümcü joined a panel of prominent experts to discuss stopping the use of chemical weapons in modern conflicts, during an event at Chatham House on 25 May.

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