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UN Secretary-General speaks at the General Assembly on the investigative team's Final Report

13 December 2013 - [PDF] I thank the President of the General Assembly for organizing this General Assembly meeting for me to be able to report on the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. The report includes the Mission’s factual findings for all its investigations of all incidents reported by Member States since March 2013, as well as the results of its second visit to Syria, which occurred from 25 to 29 September.

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OPCW Director-General's statement on the UN Final Report on chemical weapons use in Syria

13 December 2013 - The Director-General expressed deep concern that the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, led by Dr. Åke Sellström, had found further evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria.

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UN Secretary-General receives investigative team’s Final Report on Syrian chemical weapons use

12 December 2013 - Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks upon receipt of the Final Report of the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria, in New York, 12 December:

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OPCW Director-General holds official meetings with Norwegian Ministers and Parliamentarians

11 December 2013 - OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü this morning met in Oslo with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Borge Brende. He updated them on the work of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria and discussed options for Norway’s involvement in efforts to eliminate the Syrian chemicals weapons programme.

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Nobel Peace Prize 2013 received by OPCW Director-General

10 December 2013 - Ahmet Üzümcü commends practical, verifiable results of chemical disarmament. - Says that partnerships with science, industry and civil society are key. - Urges states outside the Chemical Weapons Convention to join. - Announces that Prize money will be used to fund annual OPCW awards.

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OPCW-UN Joint Mission Update
6 December 2013 - The Joint Mission has now verified that all Category 3 (unfilled) munitions declared by the Syrian Arab Republic have been destroyed.
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Preparations in ‘full swing’ for removing Syria’s chemical agents, says OPCW-UN mission chief

4 December 2013 – Preparations are proceeding for removing Syria’s chemical agents out of the country for their destruction, the head of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations reported today, calling for continued support from the international community to complete this important task.

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United States offers to destroy Syria’s priority chemicals
30 November 2013 - OPCW receives expressions of interest from 35 private companies to destroy other Syrian chemicals.
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Press statement by Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag
30 November 2013 - Press statement by Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator, OPCW-UN Joint Mission, Damascus
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OPCW Director-General: Syria mission reflects a collective commitment

27 November 2013 - Following the issuance of the second monthly progress report regarding the OPCW- UN Joint Mission in Syria, a meeting of the Executive Council of the OPCW was held on 26 November 2013.

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Commercial chemical companies invited to dispose of a significant part of chemicals from Syria

22 November 2013 - In accordance with the decision of the OPCW Executive Council’s adopted on 15 November 2013 which requested the Director-General of the Organisation to explore ‘options for destruction in commercial chemical disposal facilities’ of a range of chemicals declared by Syria, the OPCW has invited commercial chemical disposal firms to convey to it their expressions of interest (EOI).

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OPCW adopts plan for destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme in the first half of 2014
15 November 2013 - • Most critical chemicals to leave Syria by end of 2013 • Over 60 percent of unfilled warheads and bombs destroyed
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Further progress made by the team, following completion of 27 October and 1 November targets
6 November 2013 - The OPCW-UN Joint Mission has now verified 22 of the 23 sites. The additional site inspected is in the region of Aleppo and was one of the two sites that could not be visited earlier due to safety and security reasons.
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Director-General updates the Executive Council on the work of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission
5 November 2013 - Addressing today the 34th meeting of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü provided an update on the progress made in the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria since the publication of his first report on 25 October 2013.
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Special Coordinator speaks to the press following her first briefing to the UN Security Council

5 November 2013 - Speaking to the press at UN Headquarters in New York following her first briefing to the Security Council, Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, said she had reported on the Mission’s first full month of work.

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Interview: Head of OPCW-UN team awaits next steps on destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons
1 November 2013 - I had the opportunity to visit Syria I believe around 10 days ago now. It was the first call on the Government to discuss the ongoing collaboration in pursuit of the mandate of the joint mission.
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Syria completes destruction of chemical weapons production facilities and mixing/filling plants
31 October 2013 - The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Mission confirmed today that the government of the Syrian Arab Republic has completed the functional destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons production facilities and mixing/filling plants, rendering them inoperable.
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OPCW completes first round of verification activities in Syria
28 October 2013 - As of 27 October 2013, inspectors of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria completed verification activities at 21 of the 23 chemical weapons related sites declared by Syria.
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Syria submits initial declaration and general plan for destruction of its chemical weapons programme

27 October 2013 - On 23 October 2013, the Syrian Arab Republic submitted to the OPCW its formal initial declaration covering its chemical weapons programme. Syria’s submission is in line with the deadline set by the OPCW Executive Council in its decision of 27 September 2013 requiring a complete initial declaration by 27 October 2014. Such declarations provide the basis on which plans are devised for a systematic, total and verified destruction of declared chemical weapons and production facilities.

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UN Secretary-General, OPCW Chief appoint Sigrid Kaag Special Coordinator

16 October 2013 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations Joint Mission to eliminate the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic.  The appointment has been made in close consultations with OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü.

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Joint OPCW-UN statement on the establishment of the Joint Mission

16 October 2013 - The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria has been established today. This follows close consultations between the Director-General of the OPCW and the Secretary-General of the United Nations. It also conforms with the provisions of the decision taken by the OPCW Executive Council on 27 September 2013 which was followed by the adoption by the UN Security Council of its resolution 2118 (2013). 

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Syria’s accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention enters into force

14 October 2013 - Today, on 14 October 2013, the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force for the Syrian Arab Republic, making it the 190th State Party to the treaty. Syria deposited its instrument of accession with the United Nations Secretary-General on 14 September.

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OPCW-UN press release [update] on the advance team in Syria

11 October 2013 - The advance team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations has made good progress in verifying the information submitted by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic on its chemical weapons programme. At the end of the first ten days of operations on the ground the verification teams have inspected three sites and plans are underway for further site visits.

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OPCW deploys second team of inspectors to expand verification and destruction activities in Syria

8 October 2013 - The OPCW Technical Secretariat in The Hague will deploy a second team of inspectors for the mission in Syria that will augment the advance team of OPCW experts, who have been in Syria since 1 October conducting verification and destruction activities. 

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OPCW team completes first week of work in Syria

6 October 2013 - A group of OPCW Technical Secretariat experts who were part of the advanced team that has been in Damascus since 1 October has returned to The Hague. This group was tasked to engage with the Syrian authorities in accordance with Operative Paragraph One of the decision of the Executive Council.

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Syria chemical weapons destruction begins

6 October 2013 - Press release [bulletin] by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.

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Syria submits additional information to the OPCW

4 October 2013 - Press release [bulletin] from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.

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Syria chemical weapons team reports encouraging progress

3 October 2013 - Press release [bulletin] from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.

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Chemical weapons team gets down to work in Syria

2 October 2013 - Press release [bulletin] from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.

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OPCW-UN team arrives in Damascus and sets up operational base

1 October 2013 - Press release [bulletin] from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.

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UN Security Council endorses expeditious destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme

27 September 2013 - Deeply outraged by the use of chemical weapons on 21 August in a Damascus suburb, as concluded by a United Nations investigation team, the Security Council this evening endorsed the expeditious destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, with inspections to begin by 1 October, and agreed that in the event of non-compliance, it would impose “Chapter VII” measures.

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OPCW Executive Council adopts historic decision on destruction of Syria chemical weapons

27 September 2013 - The OPCW Executive Council today adopted a historic decision [PDF - 28 KB] on the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.  

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