THE HAGUE, 14th July, 2016 (WAM) — Qatar has reiterated its unlimited support to the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons (Chemical Weapons Convention), saying that this support emanates from its firm policy aiming at the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction and the prohibition of their acquisition.

Qatar also condemned in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstances, calling it reprehensible and contrary to the rules of international law, pointing to the Security Council resolution No. 2209 of 2015 which stresses that those responsible for any use of chemical weapons must be held accountable and that any future use will lead to measures under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, according to Qatar News Agency, QNA.

This came in a speech delivered by Lieutenant Major Hassan Saleh Hassan Al Nisf, Deputy Head of the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons, on the occasion of the 82nd session of the Executive Council of the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, in The Hague.

While stressing the firm position of the State of Qatar over the years which strongly supports full and complete disarmament of chemical weapons, he said that Qatar shares the concern of the international community regarding the continued presence of stockpiles of chemical weapons, and strongly emphasises that the full destruction of chemical weapons is a main pillar of the convention.

Al Nisf affirmed Qatar’s support to the draft resolution submitted to the council on addressing the threats posed by the use of chemical weapons from non-State actors, stressing the role of the OPCW in the face of the threat of their acquisition of chemical weapons.

Qatar commended the efforts made by the OPCW with regard to the destruction of the declared Syria’s chemical weapon program, said the deputy head of the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons, adding that it also supports what the OPCW is making in the investigations on the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, especially efforts by the fact-finding mission in this regard.