Lithuania’s Ambassador presents letters of credence to the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
On 6 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Vidmantas Purlys presented his letters of credence to the Director-General of the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW Ahmet Üzümcü.
Lithuania’s Ambassador Purlys said that Lithuania strongly supported the aim of the Chemical Weapons Convention to prohibit the development, production, acquisition, and stockpiling of chemical weapons, as well as the commitment of states parties to enforce that prohibition.
“A particularly important task of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the international community’s efforts to prevent the use of chemical weapons in the future,” said Purlys.
The Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in 1997. Lithuania ratified the Convention in 1998. The OPCW’s mission is to implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The organization also implements various projects aimed at verifying the destruction of chemical weapons and preventing their re-emergence. The OPCW has won the Nobel Prize for Peace for its efforts to destroy chemical weapons, as well as to prohibit their development and production. Today, the OPCW has 192 member countries.
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