OPCW may now appoint the guilty party
the hague - The organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague gets more powers to denounce attacks with banned toxic substances and to designate the perpetrators. Member States have adopted a British proposal to that effect at a special meeting.
Diplomatic sources said Wednesday that the voting ratio was 82 to 24. That is more than the required two-thirds majority. The motion received support from, among others, the United States and the European Union. Russia, Iran, Syria and their allies voted against.
So far, the OPCW was allowed to investigate whether chemical weapons were deployed somewhere, but did not say who was responsible for it. After the latest attacks with chemical weapons in Syria and the attempt to kill the Russian double spy Sergei Skripal with nerve gas, the British have taken the initiative to expand the mandate of the OPCW.
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