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 Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an intergovernmental organisation and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 192 member states, has its seat in The Hague, Netherlands, and oversees the global endeavour for the permanent and verifiable eliminatation of Chemical weapons.


The organisation promotes and verifies the adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction. Verification consists both of evaluation of declarations by member states and onsite inspections.


The organisation was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons". Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland said, "The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law".

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The United States, Britain, France and their allies boycotted the event on Thursday at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, Netherlands, branding it as "nothing more than a crude propaganda exercise" and an "obscene masquerade." The Syrians were flown to Europe to ...
In a weekend claim widely picked up on social media, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that a Swiss laboratory used by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had discovered traces in the sample of the nerve agent BZ and its precursors. The nerve agent is possessed by ...

The Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Wednesday that United Nations security officials entered the town on Tuesday to survey the area where its fact-finding mission was supposed to probe allegations of a chemical weapons attack carried out by government forces on April ...
The arrival of the delegation from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) came as the Syrian military announced that it had “purified” the region of eastern Ghouta, of which Douma is a part, after a two-month campaign that killed nearly 2,000 civilians, following years of siege.
Representatives of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have arrived in Damascus, where they will conduct a so-called 'fact-finding mission' into the chemical attack in Douma on April 7. The OPCW will try "to establish facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals, ...
Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent thought to have been ordered by Moscow more than a month ago, leaving the pair seriously ill in hospital. The Foreign Office said it had asked the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to ...

Russia's proposal for a new, joint investigation into the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in England has been voted down at the international chemical weapons watchdog at The Hague. Russia has accused Britain of blocking access to an investigation being carried out by the Organization for the ...
Earlier on Thursday, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zaharova cast doubt over the investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the Skripal case, calling it a "trickery". Last week, OPCW inspectors arrived in the UK to collect samples for analysis of the ...
Former OPCW Official: No Conclusive Proof of Russian Complicity in Salisbury Attack .... The “detailed mass spectral data” obtained from these experiments “have been added to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' Central Analytical Database (OCAD). It is important that such ...
In early 2002, a year before the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration was putting intense pressure on Bustani to quit as director-general of the OPCW — despite the fact that he had been unanimously re-elected to head the 145-nation body just two years earlier. His transgression? Negotiating with ...

Moscow suggested convening a meeting of the OPCW executive council on April 2, where it will bring up all questions, Lavrov said adding that if "our Western partners" dodge this, then it will be further "evidence" that everything that's happened is a "provocation." The FM again refuted Britain's accusations ...
GENEVA (Sputnik) - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons may share the results of the analysis of the substance that was used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal with Russia after the the United Kingdom when the procedures are finalized in the next 2-3 weeks, OPCW Director-General ...
THE HAGUE, March 27. /TASS/. Results of the probe into the alleged poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal will be handed over to the United Kingdom, the press service of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told TASS on Tuesday. "The United ...
Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have begun working at the scene of the nerve agent attack on the Skripals. A team started work on Wednesday at the Mill pub in Salisbury, which the former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, visited with his daughter, Yulia, before ...
UNITED NATIONS: The head of the OPCW chemical watchdog said Tuesday that it will take two to three weeks to complete laboratory analysis of samples taken from the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. A team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) ...
UK to send sample to OPCW after nerve-agent attack on former spy ... The UK's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has said London would submit a sample of the Novichok nerve agent used in former Russian spy's poisoning to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a UN body.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Ruth, just briefly - where is the OPCW investigation at right now? They gained access to Douma. What did they find? SHERLOCK: That's right. They went in on Saturday. But now, you know, it's a full two weeks after the attack happened. They've had some problems accessing the site ...
International chemical weapons experts have finally inspected the site of a suspected attack near Damascus which caused an international crisis. The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to the town of Douma and collected samples and other items.


 

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