Kuwait renews commitment to implementing CWC: Official
The State of Kuwait has renewed its commitment to implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on both local and international levels, said a Kuwaiti official yesterday. The use of chemical weapons by any party at any position and under any condition violates the provisions of the convention, Ali Salem AlThaidhi, head of the Kuwaiti delegation to the conference of 21st states parties to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said in a statement. The conference which kicked off late Monday in The Netherlands’ city of the Hague will run until December 2.
Thaidhi voiced Kuwait’s condemnation of the repeated use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people. He affirmed Kuwait’s support for the international community’s efforts, mainly the ones of the OPCW-UN joint commission tasked with investigating the use of chemical weapons and bringing the perpetrators to justice, in combating these weapons. The State of Kuwait late Monday urged the international community to prohibit all weapons of mass production in the world in general and the Middle East in particular.
Meanwhile, Director General of OPCW Ahmat Uzumcu stressed in a speech that this year has witnessed several challenges, reviewing the efforts exerted by the organization’s secretary over the past period to make many achievements.
The organization is working on getting rid of Syria’s chemical weapons program in accordance with security conditions, he said, expressing his concern over the repeated use of these weapons in Syria. He also reviewed the organization’s efforts in Iraq, Libya and Russia, lauding the OPCW’s role in achieving international peace and security. The conference discusses several key topics and Kuwaiti delegation took part in the meetings of national committees ahead of the conference during which means of implementing the provisions of the convention were discussed. — KUNA