Saudi Arabia emphasises importance of implementation of Chemical Weapons Convention at the Hague

THE HAGUE, 1st December, 2015 (WAM) -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stressed the importance of the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention at the 20th Conference of States Parties to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague.

Speaking at the conference, the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ambassador Abdulaziz Obouhamd, stated the Kingdom's policy to dismantle all weapons of mass destruction under strict and effective international control and in accordance with the first paragraph of the preamble to the Convention. He stressed that the report submitted by the Director-General on the progress made in the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, 'does not dispel our concern about several matters including the inaccuracy of Syrian declarations' data, as so far it has not been 100% verified that there are no leftover weapons to the Syrian regime, the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, has reported.

The Saudi ambassador pointed out that the Kingdom has welcomed the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2235 for 2015 calling for the formation of a joint committee between the organisation and the United Nations to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The Kingdom calls for taking a firm stand against the perpetrators of the use of these chemical weapons and bringing them to international trial, especially as chemical weapons are still being used in Syria now, he said.

The kingdom expressed its deep concern at the findings of the organisation's investigation team in their three reports issued late October 2015, he added.

He noted that the Riyadh Declaration of the Fourth Summit of Arab and South American countries, which was held in Riyadh on 11th and 12th November 2015, expressed appreciation of the distinguished work of the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and reaffirmed the provisions of Security Council Resolution No. 2209 of 2015, which condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria and stressed the need for the conflicting parties to stop use, development, production, stockpiling, retention or transfer of chemical weapons, in addition to the establishment of a joint fact-finding mechanism to identify and hold accountable those responsible for their use.