THE HAGUE, 16th March, 2016 (WAM) — The delegation from Saudi Arabia participating in the 18th session of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has expressed deep concern about what has been stated in the report of the Director-General on the work of the declaration assessment team and statements related to Syria showing growing evidence of the Syrian regime’s hiding information relevant to its chemical programme, especially with regard to the production of sarin and the production of nerve gas, and the results of the samples’ analysis which proved its presence in locations which were not previously announced.

In a statement, the Saudi delegation urged the technical secretariat to continue its efforts to obtain the information needed to clarify the apparent discrepancy in the Syrian announcement data.

The delegation said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia renewed its commitment to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and re-asserted interest in its implementation at national and international levels, an extension of its policy to contribute effectively to efforts to ban all weapons of mass destruction and prevent their spread throughout the world, especially the Middle East.

The delegation highlighted the kingdom’s great and extensive efforts in the field of the prohibition of weapons of mass destruction. The Saudi delegation stressed that the use of chemical weapons ‘under any circumstances, is something that cannot be tolerated’.

The statement pointed out the repeated and continuous attacks with chemical weapons against the Syrian people, and called for the punishment of those responsible for ‘unethical attacks with chemical weapons against the Syrian people’ and bringing them to international trial.

Regarding the remaining chemical weapons in Libya, the Saudi delegation stressed the importance of taking the appropriate decisions so that these weapons do not fall into the hands of terrorist organisations.

The statement said that the Kingdom has recently made a financial contribution to the Scientific Advisory Council in support of its activities and efforts in the framework of the kingdom’s policy in support of the organisation and its various organs.