France to host talks to end chemical weapons impunity
Paris, 16 May 2018
Combating proliferation – International justice – International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons (Paris, 18 May 2018)
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will chair, on 18 May, a new session of the International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons – for which he wanted to bring together the participating states following the chemical attack that killed several dozen people in Douma on 7 April, the publication of the OPCW report on 15 May on a chlorine gas attack in Saraqeb on 4 February 2018, and the use of a chemical weapon on British territory in Salisbury on 4 March.
The participating states will exchange information on these incidents and the perpetrators involved in the development and use of these weapons. They will make proposals on how to respond to this exceptional situation and its implications for the international chemical weapons non-proliferation regime. The participants will notably work on ways to develop a new investigation mechanism to establish responsibility in cases involving the use of chemical weapons and to strengthen the verification capabilities of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). They will adopt a series of commitments aimed at strengthening their cooperation and supporting the work of international organizations, especially the OPCW.
This interministerial meeting will be preceded by a meeting of international experts on 17 May.
The International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons was launched in Paris on 23 January 2018. It now brings together 33 states and organizations which, through their membership, have expressed their rejection of impunity for those who develop and use chemical weapons. This partnership is open to all states that want to subscribe to these goals, within the framework of continuous cooperation.
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