Recent changes to the CWC empower the treaty’s implementing organization to undertake more stringent reviews of certain chemicals.
The OPCW Executive Council set a 90-day deadline for Syria to comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention.
The executive council’s comprehensive decision hailed dissent and dissatisfaction from certain member states that appear intent on shielding Syria from accountability for its egregious violations of the CWC.
Holding the rotating chair of the 30-nation group, the United States plans to focus on chemical weapons.
While the Chemical Weapons Convention bans the use of toxic chemicals in warfare because they do not discriminate between combatants and non-combatants, but carves out an exception for their use for "domestic riot control purposes" despite their indiscriminate use against non-violent protestors and those engaged in acts of violence alike.
With its original mission nearing completion, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should increase its support for the discovery and destruction of old chemical weapons.
Russia, China Skip Syrian Chemical Weapons Meeting
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Investigators identified Syria's air force as responsible for March 2017 sarin attacks against rebel-held communities in Syria.