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Big powers set to clash at chemical weapons watchdog

Nov 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague is the first since member states agreed in June to let it point the finger over attacks

OPCW. This picture taken on April 20, 2017 shows the logo of OPCW (The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) at the headquarters in The Hague.  File photo by John Thys/AFP

Russia ex-spy poisoning 'extremely worrying' – Chemical weapons watchdog

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:26 PM

'It is extremely worrying that chemical agents are still being used to harm people. Those found responsible for this use must be held accountable for their actions,' Ahmet Uzumcu director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, says.

AHMET UZUMCU. Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), holds a press conference in Rome on January 16, 2014. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

South Sudan to join Chemical Weapons Convention – watchdog

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:51 PM

That would leave Israel, Egypt and North Korea as the only countries yet to join the arms treaty which came into force in 1997

CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION. This file photo shows the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. File photo from Wikipedia

Turkey says chemical weapons used in Syria attack

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

UPDATED Autopsies were carried out on 3 of the bodies after they were brought from Idlib The results of the autopsy confirms that chemical weapons were used Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says

BEKIR BOZDAG. Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag speaks at a press conference at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 27, 2016. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. warns of 'own action' after Syria chemical massacre

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Ambassador Nikki Haley: When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action

'HORRIFIC ACTS' Nikki Haley (center), United States Permanent Representative to the UN and President of the Security Council for April, addresses the meeting of the council on the alleged use of chemical weapons in an April 4 airstrike in Idlib, Syria, April 5, 2017. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Russia defends Syria against 'chemical attack' outcry

Apr 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

4th UPDATE The incident brings swift international condemnation with France and Britain demanding an emergency UN Security Council meeting and President Francois Hollande denouncing a massacre

Britain urges Malaysia to share evidence on Kim VX attack

Feb 28, 2017 - 10:55 AM

British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said information on the February 13 attack at Kuala Lumpur airport that killed Kim Jong Nam should be sent to the Hague based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Members of Malaysia's Hazmat team conduct a decontamination operation at the departures terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) in Sepang on February 26, 2017. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Syria calls chemical arms accusations 'campaign of lies'

Nov 28, 2016 - 10:44 PM

Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad speaking at an annual conference of countries belonging to the Chemical Weapons Convention says the accusations are part of a coordinated and repeated campaign of lies without evidence

UN extends Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 18, 2016 - 1:12 PM

The UN Security Council adopts a US drafted resolution to prolong the joint investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons until November 2017

Syria regime launched chemical attacks, ISIS used mustard gas – UN report

Aug 25, 2016 - 9:36 AM

A UN panel is able to identify the perpetrators of 3 chemical attacks carried out in 2014 and 2015 but is unable to draw conclusions in the other 6 cases that it has been investigating over the past year

ABOUT SYRIA. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, United Nations, New York, August 22, 2016. JC McIlwain/UN Photo

Will Syria gas attacks probe nail the Assad regime?

Aug 23, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Diplomats are hoping that the 24 member panel tasked with identifying those responsible for deadly chemical attacks in Syria will finally point the finger at President Bashar al Assad s forces

ABOUT SYRIA. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, United Nations, New York, August 22, 2016. JC McIlwain/UN Photo

UN watchdog finds traces of Syria sarin gas exposure

Jan 05, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The mission by the Hague based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW says it is investigating 11 incidents of the use of toxic chemicals reported by the Syrian government

A file photo dated August 31, 2013 showing the logo of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands. Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Syria denies using chemical weapons in civil war

Nov 30, 2015 - 10:55 PM

Damascus rebuttal comes amid accusations it is not transparent with the world s chemical watchdog

In this file photo, Syrian men inspect the site of a reported Syrian government forces barrel bomb attack in the northern city of Aleppo on September 27, 2014 which killed at least one child. Khaled Khatib/AFP

UN panel head gears up for tough Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 03, 2015 - 4:28 PM

Virginia Gamba stresses that the team of 24 multi skilled experts she is assembling will adhere to sound objective impartial guidelines that no one can question to find the culprits

Syria used chlorine gas in attacks – OPCW

Jan 07, 2015 - 9:35 AM

The UN Security Council discuss the report prompting a clash between Britain France the United States and Russia diplomats say

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UN chemical weapons team to return to Syria – envoy

Aug 06, 2014 - 8:33 AM

A team of chemical weapons experts will travel to Syria next month to follow up on Damascus pledge to hand over its arsenal

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Transfer of Syrian chemical weapons complete – Pentagon

Jul 03, 2014 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED The transfer of Syrian chemical weapons from a Danish container ship to a United States vessel is completed in an Italian port

DANGEROUS CARGO. Tug boats help to maneuver the Danish ship Ark Futura as it is docking in the harbor of Gioia Tauro, Italy, 02 July 2014. The vessel is carrying the final batch of Syria's chemical weapons, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said. Franco Cufari/EPA

March 'critical' for Syria arms drive: UN official

Mar 06, 2014 - 7:51 AM

The Syrian government blamed the delays on insecurity in the country where it is locked in a brutal war with rebels seeking the overthrow of President Bashar al Assad

ON GUARD. A Norwegian soldier standing guard on one of four Danish and Norwegian vessels deployed to bring Syria’s chemical agents to destruction, during preparations in international waters close to Syria, 29 Dec 2013. Lars Magne Hovtun/Norwegian Armed Forces handout 7 Jan 2014/AFP

Libya says Gaddafi regime's chemical weapons all destroyed

Feb 05, 2014 - 6:54 AM

The completion of the disarmament process comes as the much bigger operation underway in Syria is seriously behind schedule to the mounting alarm of the West

First chemical arms material shipped out of Syria

Jan 08, 2014 - 7:13 AM

On the ground the head of Syrian Al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra Front urge an end to four days of clashes between rebels and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

ON GUARD. A Norwegian soldier standing guard on one of four Danish and Norwegian vessels deployed to bring Syria’s chemical agents to destruction, during preparations in international waters close to Syria, 29 Dec 2013. Lars Magne Hovtun/Norwegian Armed Forces handout 7 Jan 2014/AFP

Watchdog picks up Nobel Prize, eyes total chemical arms ban

Dec 10, 2013 - 10:07 PM

The body tasked with ridding the world of chemical weapons picked up its Nobel Peace Prize in an Oslo ceremony and said it hoped the prestige would speed a global ban on the dreaded arms

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Guus Schonewille/EPA

Syria chemical arms destruction could start in January: OPCW

Dec 10, 2013 - 7:18 PM

OPCW says the destruction of Syria s chemical weapons could begin in late January depending on the security situation

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Guus Schonewille/EPA

Syria war crimes evidence implicates Assad – UN

Dec 02, 2013 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED The allegations came as Syrian rebels including jihadists captured the historic Christian town of Maalula north of Damascus

'WHY NOT RUN AGAIN?' Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a television interview with journalist Ghassan Bin Jeddo from Al Mayadeen TV in Damascus, Syria, 21 October 2013. EPA/SANA handout

Chemical watchdog says US to destroy Syria stockpile at sea

Nov 30, 2013 - 7:54 PM

2nd UPDATE A ship operation will destroy what is known as priority chemical weapons the most dangerous of Syria s total arsenal

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/Guus Schonewille

Syria chemical weapons could be destroyed at sea – watchdog

Nov 20, 2013 - 8:30 PM

OPCW: This possibility doesn t exclude the fact that member states continue to think about the possibility of destroying them on land

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/Guus Schonewille

Syria chemical arms production equipment destroyed – OPCW

Oct 31, 2013 - 5:54 PM

All of Syria s declared chemical arms production equipment has been destroyed ahead of a key Friday deadline

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/Guus Schonewille

Syria to meet key chemical arms deadline – UN

Oct 29, 2013 - 9:23 AM

The UN leader stressed that the deadline should be met a mere 34 days after the 15 nation Security Council ordered the destruction

ON A MISSION. Inspectors from the Organization of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrive in Syria to carry out a plan to dismantle the country's chemical weapons production sites. Photo from EPA

Syria to submit chemical plan ahead of deadline: watchdog

Oct 23, 2013 - 10:16 PM

The detailed plan is the next step for Damascus under the terms of a US Russian deal to head off military strikes on Syria agreed last month which calls for all its chemicals to be destroyed by mid 2014

Deadly blast near Syrian capital as envoy pushes peace

Oct 19, 2013 - 5:58 PM

State media blamed the early morning blast at the entrance to the mixed Christian Druze suburb of Jaramana on terrorists the regime term for rebels

Syria's chemical arms may be shipped abroad – Kerry

Oct 18, 2013 - 12:15 AM

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has now checked 11 out of 20 sites declared by the Assad regime

Chemical watchdog says has checked 11 of 20 Syria sites

Oct 16, 2013 - 10:17 PM

OPCW inspectors have until June 30 2014 to complete the destruction of Syria s chemical arsenal

INSPECTORS IN SYRIA. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Wednesday, October 16, it has inspected 11 of 20 sites identified by Syria. This logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. Photo by EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

Nobel win hailed for little-known chemical weapons watchdog

Oct 12, 2013 - 1:47 AM

The international community on Friday hailed the OPCW s Nobel Peace Prize win as much deserved recognition for a group that has worked behind the scenes to rid the world of chemical weapons

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, October 11. This logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. Photo by EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

UN leader says Nobel win proof of chemical arms threat

Oct 11, 2013 - 11:01 PM

Ban also said that the Nobel Peace Prize award to OPCW should also be accompanied by a new push to get all countries to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention

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Oct 11, 2013 - 9:47 PM

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Chemical watchdog urges truces so Syria can disarm

Oct 10, 2013 - 9:51 AM

OPCW chief: I think if some temporary ceasefires can be established I think those [disarmament] targets could be reached

GOING BACK TO SYRIA. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) could start working in Syria October 1. The logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

Chemical watchdog says will deploy second team to Syria

Oct 08, 2013 - 10:11 PM

In a statement Tuesday world chemical watchdog Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says aside from chemical weapons a range of other items was also being destroyed

COOPERATIVE. Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria is cooperating with the joint OPCW-UN disarmament mission. File photo courtesy of UN Media

Syria arms inspectors face unprecedented danger – UN

Oct 08, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Ban Ki moon says it would take 100 foreign experts to complete an operation the likes of which has never been tried before

WEAPONS INSPECTORS. A convoy of cars of the team of weapons experts from the Netherlands-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) leaves the Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus, Syria, 05 October 2013 to continue their mission to implement a plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons production sites by 01 November. EPA/Youssef Badawi

Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons begins

Oct 07, 2013 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED The operation performed by Syrian personnel under the supervision of international disarmament experts took place under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution

DAMASCUS ARRIVAL. A convoy of UN vehicles carrying team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrives at the Four Season hotel in Damascus, Syria, 01 October 2013. EPA/Youssef Badawi

Chemical experts start Syria mission amid UN calls for access

Oct 03, 2013 - 8:49 PM

It is the first time in the OPCW s history that a mission to destroy chemical weapons is being undertaken in a country embroiled in a civil war

DAMASCUS ARRIVAL. A convoy of UN vehicles carrying team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrives at the Four Season hotel in Damascus, Syria, 01 October 2013. EPA/Youssef Badawi

Syria chemical disarmament team begins mission

Oct 02, 2013 - 7:24 PM

The task is huge as Syria s arsenal is believed to include more than 1 000 tons of sarin mustard gas and other banned chemicals stored at an estimated 45 sites

DAMASCUS ARRIVAL. A convoy of UN vehicles carrying team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrives at the Four Season hotel in Damascus, Syria, 01 October 2013. EPA/Youssef Badawi

Syria disarmament team launches mission

Oct 01, 2013 - 7:59 PM

UPDATED The operation to rid Syria of chemical weapons by a target date of mid 2014 will be one of the largest and most dangerous of its kind

ENTERING THE WAR ZONE. A convoy of United Nations vehicles is seen at the Lebanon-Syria Masnaa border crossing on October 1, 2013 as a chemical weapons disarmament team cross into Syria to begin the task of inventorying the country's arsenal of the banned weapons in readiness for its destruction. AFP/Stringer

UN chemical experts leave Damascus at end of mission

Sep 30, 2013 - 8:26 PM

A second separate group of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is also expected to arrive in Syria on Tuesday

Assad: Syria will comply with UN arms resolution

Sep 30, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Bashar al Assad tells Italy s Rai News 24 television his regime will comply with the resolution passed Friday by the UN Security Council

'WE WILL COMPLY.' Syrian President Bashar Al Assad says Syria will comply with the UN Security Council resolution on the country's chemical arsenal. In this file photo, Assad speaks during an interview with the television network TeleSUR, in Damascus, Syria, 25 May 2013. EPA/SANA/Handout 26 Sept 2013

Syria chemical weapons inspections to start by Oct 1

Sep 27, 2013 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED Inspection will commence once a document drawn up to avert military strikes is agreed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

GOING BACK TO SYRIA. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) could start working in Syria October 1. The logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

UN Council could vote Friday on Syria resolution: US

Sep 27, 2013 - 8:30 AM

The UN Security Council could vote late Friday on a draft US resolution on destroying Syria s chemical weapons

US and Russia in landmark deal on Syria weapons

Sep 14, 2013 - 6:53 PM

UPDATED Arms inspectors must be on the ground in Syria by November with the goal of eliminating the country s chemical weapons by mid 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry says

AGREEMENT. The United States and Russia, in talks to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program came to agreement on the size of its toxic stockpiles. Photo by AFP

Russia offers four step plan for Syria arms handover - report

Sep 12, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Russia has handed the United States a plan for the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons in four stages

RUSSIA'S TOP DIPLOMAT. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during his press conference on situation in Syria, in Moscow, Russia, 26 August 2013. EPA/Maxim Shipenkov