Colombia participated in the eighty-seventh session of the Executive Council of OPCW

21/03/2018
Colombia participó en el 87º período de sesiones del Consejo Ejecutivo de OPAQ
Foto: OPAQ / Photo by OPCW.

 

The use of a nervous agent against Serguéi Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, south of England on 4 March, was the main concern during the 87th session of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), held in The Hague between 13 and 15 March. 

Colombia participated once again as a member of this policy-making body of the OPCW. Ambassador Juan José Quintana, in his speech, expressed his concern about the information received regarding the use of nervous agents in the United Kingdom and stressed the importance of clarifying the facts as soon as possible.

OPCW, winner of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, is the organization in charge to secure the efficiency and goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which aims to eliminate this type of arms of massive destruction, and promotes the international cooperation for the peaceful uses of chemistry. Having 192 States Parties, it is almost close to achieve full universality.

The Council is the executive body of OPCW and is composed by 41 members elected for a two years period. Among its most important functions is to take measures in case of non-compliance by a State Party, including the submission of recommendations for action by the Conference of States Parties.

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