Disagreement in the Security Council over OPCW Report

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In its last session, the Security Council witnessed a major disagreement among its members after requesting to present a report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that confirms Syria’s abandonment of chemical weapons. Six countries rejected the report and voted not to present it.

The aforementioned report belongs to the former Director-General of (OPCW), “José Bustani”. Russia has submitted a request to present it as a support and confirmation of Syria’s acquittal of the alleged chemical attacks that took place during the war years, revealing that the investigations that are being conducted are impartial and unprofessional.

The United States of America, Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, and Estonia rejected the Russian request and voted against the presentation of this report, noting that Russia is presiding over the sessions of the Council for this month.

In response, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, addressed the officials who refused to hear the report: “Today you entered the history of the Security Council, which has never voted on the presence or absence of the briefers presented by the country presiding over the session.”

Despite the opposition of the aforementioned countries, Nebenzia presented the report and decided to read it himself for the representatives of the member states.

The report states that “investigations into the use of chemical weapons have become a major challenge for the organization, and there are many questions regarding accusations of using this weapon in Syria, related to the impartiality and professionalism these investigations were based on due to the pressures exerted by some countries.”

According to Bustani’s report, his dismissal in 2002 from being Director-General of (OPCW) “was orchestrated by the United States, and the dismissal was recognized later as illegal by the International Labor Organization.”‌‌

*(Top image: Jose Bustani. Credit: The Grayzone News)