Kuwait re­news com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment­ing CWC: Of­fi­cial

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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

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