CSTO opposes providing OPCW with right to attribute responsibility for chemical attacks | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


CSTO opposes providing OPCW with right to attribute responsibility for chemical attacks

It is unacceptable to grant the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) the right to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons attacks, permanent representatives of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) said a joint statement adopted on the sidelines of the 23rd Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention on Monday. "We consider the United Nations Security Council to be the only body eligible to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons offences," the statement reads. "We would like to emphasize that it is unacceptable to turn the OPCW - a purely technical organization - into an agency whose mandate overlaps with that of the UN Security Council," the CSTO envoys added. The statement also said that abandoning the principle of consensus decisions would jeopardize the OPCW’s unity. The CSTO envoys pointed to the need to pool the efforts of all states parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in order to "bring the organization back to the depoliticized track"...

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