March 25, 2019

Denmark contributes to OPCW

H.E. Mr Jens-Otto Horslund, Ambassador of Denmark and H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, OPCW Director-General.

Denmark Contributes DKK 600,000 to OPCW Team to Identify Perpetrators of Chemical Weapons Use

The Hague, Netherlands — 19 December 2018 — The Government of the Kingdom of Denmark is contributing DKK 600,000 towards the formation and operation of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) team to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic pursuant to a decision of the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of States Parties.

The contribution was formalised with an agreement signed by the OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and Denmark’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Mr Jens-Otto Horslund, on 19 December.

The Director-General expressed: “Identification of perpetrators is consistent with the mandate we received by the Conference of the States Parties and will advance the existing endeavours to tackle the re-emergence of chemical weapons.”

Ambassador Horslund remarked: “Attributing responsibility for use of chemical weapons in Syria is essential in fighting impunity and preventing future use. Denmark is proud to support the work of the OPCW in achieving a world free of chemical weapons.”

The OPCW is currently assembling a team of experts and setting up procedures towards the implementation of the Decision on Addressing the Threat from Chemical Weapons Use adopted by the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in June 2018.

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