Prepared Remarks by Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association at the CWC Conference of States Parties on Dec. 5, 2013 in The Hague, Netherlands.
The United States is preparing to destroy Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons, using a mobile technology on board a ship.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons received the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize as the group stepped up its disarmament mission in Syria.
Syria met one of the major deadlines for destroying its chemical arms program by “rendering…inoperable” its facilities for producing chemical weapons and for readying the weapons for use.
The two international organizations overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons face an imposing assortment of legal, political, and logistical challenges. But if successful, the effort could spur longer-term peace and security in the Middle East and offer a starting point for inclusive discussions to end the Syrian civil war.