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News code: 26402
Published Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018 - 15:47:28
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Iran: ‘attribution mechanism’ beyond OPCW jurisdiction

Iran: ‘attribution mechanism’ beyond OPCW jurisdiction
IRAN  - Iran’s Permanent Representative to Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alireza Jahangiri criticized the adoption of a new mechanism that assigns blame for chemical attacks by the OPCW.

Addressing the 89th session of the OPCW Executive Council, Jahangiri censured the adoption of a French-proposed attribution mechanism by the OPCW, asserting that the decision is beyond the jurisdiction of the world's chemical weapons watchdog.

He further regarded as "without justification" the allocation of any amount of budget for implementation of this "non-consensus and controversial" decision, as well as the establishment of a new office for assigning blame.

Prior to the adoption of the attribution mechanism, the OPCW only determined whether chemical attacks have taken place, not who carried them out.

"Regrettably, some OPCW Member States have diverged from making consensus decisions even on critical issues, and seek to divert the Organization from its technical nature," said Jahangiri.

The Iranian envoy then welcomed the progress made in destruction of chemical weapons in Syria thanks to Syrian government's cooperation with the OPCW, and stressed the need for refraining from politicizing Syria's case and spreading false propaganda against Syria's constructive cooperation with the Organization.

 

 

News Code: 26402
Published Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018 - 15:47:28
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