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23 juin 2014 1 23 /06 /juin /2014 15:30
Statement by the EEAS Spokesperson on the removal of chemical weapons from Syria


Brussels, 23 June 2014 140623/02


"The EU welcomes the announcement today by Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that the remaining 8% of the Syrian chemicals have been removed from the country and loaded on board the Danish vessel Ark Futura. This removal, although overdue, is certainly good news. International pressure and the concerted efforts by OPCW and the Joint OPCW-UN Mission have finally yielded results. Our special appreciation goes to the OPCW Director-General Ambassador Uzumcu and his staff, as well as to the Special Coordinator Mrs Sigrid Kaag and the Joint Mission staff for their relentless efforts carried out in particularly difficult and dangerous circumstances. The importance of the elimination of the threat of the chemical weapons has already been underlined by granting OPCW the Nobel Peace Prize.


The EU has contributed with significant funds to the Syrian chemical weapons operation and wishes to express its appreciation to all the Member States that have contributed in kind or financially and in particular those that they have made available commercial vessels and their escort. Today's development marks the fulfillment of the main goal of this operation: the removal of the entire chemical weapons stockpile from Syria, so that the risk of having them used again is eliminated. But there is still work to be done. The removed chemicals should be destroyed according to the OPCW Executive Council Decisions, in full respect of the relevant international norms and procedures and in taking all necessary measure for the protection of the environment.


At the same time, we have to maintain pressure on Syria to ensure that the chemical weapons programme is completely and irreversibly dismantled, including the remaining production facilities. Last but not least the work of the Fact Finding Mission on the recent allegations of the use of chlorine should continue. The perpetrators of such horrific acts should be held accountable. The situation in Syria continues to be extremely critical from a security and humanitarian point of view. The EU urges all parties to help revive the political track as there can be no military solution to this conflict."

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11 avril 2014 5 11 /04 /avril /2014 07:30
Ships of Op Recsyr Removing Chemical Weapons from Syria


20.02.2014 Photographer: L(Phot) Alex Knott - UK MoD


Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose (bottom right) takes formation with other ships from Norway and Denmark as part of Operation Recsyr (REmoval of Chemical weapons from SYRia) near Cyprus in February 2014.


The operation is a crucial step in the international mission to eliminate the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic by June 2014.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 07:30
L'arsenal chimique détenu par Damas 15309.2013 Service Infographie du Figaro

L'arsenal chimique détenu par Damas 15309.2013 Service Infographie du Figaro

15/09/2013 à 11:10 Par Le Figaro.fr avec le Service Infographie du Figaro


Les Etats-Unis et la Russie ont conclu hier à Genève un accord sur le démantèlement de l'arsenal chimique syrien, avec la possibilité de mesures contraignantes, un pas salué par les capitales européennes mais rejeté par les rebelles de l'Armée syrienne libre.


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13 septembre 2013 5 13 /09 /septembre /2013 07:30
Deterrent measures against Syria must not be excluded, says EU Parliament

12/9/2013 EU source: European Parliament Ref: EP13-033EN


Summary: 12 September 2013, Strasbourg - The use of chemical weapons in Syria is a war crime and a crime against humanity which demands a clear, strong, targeted and united response, not excluding eventual deterrent measures, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) said in a resolution passed by a show of hands on Thursday. The EU should promote a region-wide de-escalation process and increase aid to Syrian refugees, they added.


MEPs strongly condemn the mass killing of civilians with chemical weapons on 21 August 2013 in the outskirts of Damascus and urge that measures be taken to prevent any further use of chemical weapons in Syria or elsewhere. They say the UN Security Council must get the report of the UN inspection team as soon as possible and they also voice support for the proposal to hand the Syrian chemical weapons to international community for its destruction as soon as possible.


UN must act


The international community's ultimatum must be accompanied by a binding United Nations Security Council resolution, which, if not respected, could be imposed on the basis of "all the instruments provided for in the United Nations Charter", MEPs underline.


Parliament says Russia and China must face their responsibility as permanent members of the Security Council to achieve a common position and a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis. In the event of a persistent blockage in the Security Council, the matter could be referred to the UN General Assembly, MEPs stress.


A lasting solution to the current crisis in Syria can be achieved only through an inclusive political process backed by the international community, MEPs say. They call for President Bashar Assad and his regime to step aside.


Step up support for refugees


The EU must live up to its humanitarian responsibility and step up its assistance to Syrian refugees, MEPs say, urging all sides of the conflict to facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid and assistance.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 06:30
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, US Secretary of State John Kerry

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, US Secretary of State John Kerry

WASHINGTON, September 10 (RIA Novosti)


The top diplomats from the United States, Russia and Syria will meet this week to discuss Syria’s chemical weapons, media reports cited unnamed US officials as saying Tuesday.

The meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem is slated to be held in Geneva on Thursday, Reuters reported US officials as saying.

Reports of the planned meeting come as Washington awaits proposals from Russia on how Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal could be placed under international control and as US President Barack Obama’s administration pushes for domestic and international support for American military action against Syria.

Washington accuses Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government of carrying out a deadly Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack outside Damascus but has said it will examine Russian proposals aimed at preventing a US strike by ridding Syria of its chemical stockpiles.

Kerry said Tuesday that he expects proposals later in the day from Lavrov on how to secure Syria’s arsenal, adding that any deal must be backed by a binding UN Security Council resolution.

“He is sending those to us. They’ll be coming informally in the course of the day. We’ll have an opportunity to review them,” Kerry said during a Google+ hangout interview.

Kerry said any such plan would require a “full resolution from the Security Council in order to have confidence that this has the force that it has to have” and that it must include “consequences if games are played and somebody tries to undermine this.”

The Security Council had been set to hold closed consultations late Tuesday afternoon, The Associated Press cited a UN spokesman’s office as saying. But Australia’s ambassador to the UN, Gary Quinlan, said on his Twitter feed that the meeting had been canceled.

It was not immediately clear why the meeting was canceled, but CNN reported Tuesday that Russia had called it off.

In a Tuesday telephone call with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Lavrov called “unacceptable” a Security Council resolution proposed by France that would declare the Syrian government responsible for “the possible use of chemical weapons,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Almost simultaneously with Kerry’s Google+ hangout interview, news emerged that Muallem had said Syria is ready to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention – an international ban on chemical weapons – and open its storage facilities to foreign governments.

“We intend to give up chemical weapons altogether,” Muallem said in an interview on Lebanon’s Al-Maydeen television network.

Asked about Muallem’s comments, Kerry welcomed them cautiously, saying he hopes the Assad government “would take advantage of this opportunity as a moment to try to make peace in Syria, genuinely reach out [and] live up to what they just said they would do with respect to the Chemical [Weapons] Convention.”

“I hope that perhaps in the next days they’d be willing to try to make that concrete,” Kerry said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kerry appeared before the US House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee where he cautioned that the Security Council should not be used as a stalling tactic to delay a possible US military strike.

“If the United Nations Security Council seeks to be the vehicle to make it happen, that cannot be allowed to simply become a debating society,” Kerry said. “We have to continue to show Syria, Russia and the world that we are not going to fall for stalling tactics.”

The international debate over the Syria standoff has shifted rapidly over the past 24 hours after Kerry proposed in an apparent offhand comment Monday that a US strike against Syrian targets could be averted if Damascus put “every single bit” of its chemical weapons under international control by week’s end.

Russia and Syria almost immediately welcomed the proposal, and Lavrov said earlier Tuesday that Moscow would soon put forward a “workable” plan for securing Syria’s chemical arsenal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the plan would only be feasible if the United States and its allies pledge not to use force in Syria but expressed hope that it would “be a good step toward a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 11:20
DoD Developing Mobile Units to Neutralize Chemical Weapons Materials

Tim Blades, director of operations for the Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction Business Unit, talks at a June 27 demonstration of the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. (Army)


Sep. 4, 2013 - by MARCUS WEISGERBER   - Defense News


WASHINGTON — Should the Pentagon need to destroy stockpiles of chemical weapons, it can do so with new mobile systems that can neutralize and destroy the materials, according to defense officials.


The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System (FDHS) is designed to destroy chemical warfare agents in bulk and can be up and running within 10 days of arriving on site.


“We are acquiring some ability to deal with chemical materials should we be in a position where we have to do that,” Frank Kendall, the Defense Department’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, said Wednesday during a presentation at the IDEEA-sponsored COMDEF conference in Washington.


Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians has dominated the debate of whether the US should conduct a punitive strike. While there has been talk of conducting targeted strikes, the Obama administration has said it does not intend to use ground forces.


The Pentagon has been overseeing the destruction of US chemical weapons since the late 1990s. DoD destroys stockpiles of chemical materials such as mustard gas at several facilities in the US. But the new system can eradicate chemical weapon materials on site.


“The Department of Defense recently developed a transportable chemical weapons destruction system designed to fill a gap in the national capability to destroy U.S. bulk chemical agents, wherever they are found,” Jennifer Elzea, a DoD spokeswoman, wrote in an email Wednesday.


The new system was built at the U.S. Army’s Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center in Maryland. The center oversees the handling and processing of recovered munitions in the US and overseas.


The system is “designed to convert chemical agents into compounds not usable as weapons,” Elzea wrote. “Neutralization is achieved by mixing the agent with water and other chemicals and heating it.”


A crew of 15 people is needed to operate the system at any given time, according to the Army. The system can neutralize between five and 25 metric tons of chemicals per day, depending on the material.

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7 juin 2013 5 07 /06 /juin /2013 16:30
source  channel 4

source channel 4

Jun. 6, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)


WASHINGTON — The United States is evaluating information received from France which Paris has billed as proof that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, a US official said Thursday.


“I can confirm for you that we have received the information from the French,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, after French officials said they had evidence that sarin gas had been used in Syria.


“We will take a close look at this, just like we take a close look at any information that’s provided, and we always recommend that any country provide information as well to the UN for their full investigation.”


But Psaki warned the US did not intend to “evaluate or litigate in public” whatever information it has received from Paris.


“We are still looking into finalizing the facts, looking into confirming the facts,” she said, denying that the close inspection of the French information was pouring doubt on its credibility.


“We’re doing our own due diligence on this,” Psaki stressed.


US President Barack Obama has said that any use of chemical weapons in the Syria conflict, now in its third year, would violate a US “red line.” But amid mounting reports such arms have been used, Washington has proceeded cautiously.


Amid mounting pressure for the US to act, Secretary of State John Kerry called on France on Wednesday to share its evidence of chemical weapons use.


French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius personally called Kerry on Monday and informed him that all the information at France’s disposal would be transmitted to Washington.


France has described the evidence of sarin use as a development that obliges the international community to act.


But memories remain strong in the United States about the false evidence that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had stockpiled chemical weapons, which was used to justify the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

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