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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
  • OPCW NEWS

  • 2 December 2015

    The annual session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (CWC) is held in The Hague. This year's conference is of particular character because it coincided with the celebrations of the hundredth anniversary of the first gas attacks in Ypres on the Western Front and in Bolimow on the Eastern Front of World War First.

    The Conference is held between November  30 and December 4. The opening of the 20th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons took place on Monday, November 30. The conference is dedicated to the review of the implementation of the Convention in all areas over the past year. The Polish delegation is chaired by the Permanent Representative of Poland to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Jan Borkowski.

     

    The Director-General of the OPCW, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü in his opening speech stressed that the session is an opportunity to summarize the achievements of the OPWC in the verifying and destructing of over 90 per cent of the declared stocks of chemical weapons. He also announced that the work of the Organization will be continued to ensure full universality of the Convention and prevent the re-emergence of a chemical weapons threat in the future.

     

    Ambassador Jan Borkowski gave a speech during the general debate. The Ambassador drew attention to the difficult situation in Syria related to the repeated attacks that spread toxic chemicals. He also expressed appreciation for tremendous efforts of the Technical Secretariat to destroy Syrian chemical weapons and production facilities. Ambassador Borkowski mentioned the enormous Polish commitment in OPCW activities, in particular in the field of chemical safety and the adoption by the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations a resolution on the implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons which is annually presented by Poland.

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