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Syria - Question (30 Apr 2020)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...share with the noble Baroness that because of the fragile ceasefire, there is a glimmer of hope—35,000 people have returned to the region—but we also continue to investigate, including with the OPCW, events that have taken place in the past, including the 2017 attack. Again, I reassure the noble Baroness that anyone responsible should be held to account by the international community.

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Outcomes of the Foreign Affairs Councils – 11 November and 9 December 2019 (15 Jan 2020)

Christopher Pincher: ...in support of the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons to a total of 48 months. This extension of the implementation period will allow the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is responsible for the technical implementation of the project, to reach its planned objectives.The Council adopted a decision in support of SEESAC disarmament and arms control...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (7 Jan 2020)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ​The UK has full confidence in the expertise of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon's (OPCW) Fact Finding Mission (FFM) and its work investigating allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria. The Director-General confirmed that that the OPCW Technical Secretariat took all views and evidence into account in reaching its conclusions in the FFM's most recent report on the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (7 Jan 2020)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ​The UK assesses that the Syrian regime was responsible for a chlorine attack in Douma in April 2018. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact Finding Mission (FFM) produced a thorough and clearly evidenced report, which concluded that an attack using chlorine took place. The use of chlorine as a chemical weapon is a breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention. We...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Cox: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda, and Media How the OPCW's investigation of the Douma incident was nobbled, published on 26 June.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (26 Jun 2019)

Lord West of Spithead: ...by Earl Howe on 4 June (HL15867), what plans they have to reassess their initial assessment of who was responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Duoma when the further investigations by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team are completed.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (20 Jun 2019)

Chris Williamson: ...Commonwealth Affairs, whether he was informed that there was dissent among Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team members on 14 March 2019 when the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council voted down a proposal to allow all FFM team members to brief the OPCW Executive Council on the FFM investigation of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma in 2018.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (20 Jun 2019)

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he instructed the UK's permanent representative on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council to vote against a proposal to allow all Fact Finding Mission (FFM) team members to brief the OPCW Executive Council on the FFM investigation into the alleged chemical weapons attack in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Cox: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the authenticity of the report from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Engineering Assessment of Two Cylinders at the Douma Incident, dated 27 February, and (2) any differences of that report with the final report of the OPCW regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Armed Conflict (10 Jun 2019)

Chris Williamson: ...Affairs, with reference to investigations suggesting that reports of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government in Douma in April 2018 were staged and with reference to reports that OPCW expert advice was redacted from its final report, whether he has made a reassessment of the decision to bomb targets in Syria in 2018.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (10 Jun 2019)

Alan Duncan: ​We have full confidence in expertise and methodologies of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact Finding Mission (FFM). The OPCW Director General has confirmed that all evidence and views were considered by FFM in reaching its conclusion. The final FFM report of 1 March made a clear conclusion of reasonable grounds to believe a chemical weapons attack took...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Syria: Chemical Weapons (4 Jun 2019)

Earl Howe: ...that the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack using barrel bombs dropped from helicopters. A subsequent thorough investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found reasonable grounds to conclude that use of a toxic chemical as a weapon, likely molecular chlorine, had taken place. We expect further investigation in due course by the OPCW...

West Papua: Human Rights (8 May 2019)

Helen Goodman: ...a concentration of civilians the object of attack by air-delivered incendiary weapons, which is what happened on this occasion. I entirely support those calls to send in experts from the UN and the OPCW, to look at what happened. I heard stories of old people being burned out of their homes. Furthermore, I would like the Minister to suggest to the Indonesian military—it seems to be out...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Doan Thi Huong (17 Apr 2019)

Mark Field: ...in Kuala Lumpur continue to follow developments closely. The UK supported the June 2018 Decision of the Conference of States Parties of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that condemned the use of the nerve agent VX in the attack in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. We have encouraged the Government of Malaysia to pursue a thorough investigation and to share information...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (7 Feb 2019)

Alan Duncan: ...2018, the UK was at the forefront of significant successful diplomatic efforts last year to secure, fund and implement decisions to enable the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and more widely at the request of an affected State Party. In accordance with the terms of the June Decision, on 15...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Chemical Weapons Convention: Conference of States Parties and Review Conference, November 2018 (13 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Hunt: ...(CWC) met for the annual conference of States Parties (CSP) to discuss implementation of the CWC and agree the annual budget for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This was the first CSP since the UK and international partners called a special session in June 2018 to address the threat from chemical weapons use following recent use in Syria and Salisbury. The...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...fired in Aleppo and are seeking further information. No fatalities have been reported. We call on all parties to support the experts of the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as they look into these allegations. As a result of UK-led action, the OPCW is putting in place attribution arrangements to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. If...

Written Ministerial Statements — Prime Minister: Intelligence Oversight (22 Nov 2018)

Theresa May: ...The ISC’s Annual Report 2017-18 The ISC’s 2017-18 annual report considers in some detail the case for the UK and allied response following the chemical weapons strike on Douma in April. The OPCW interim report on the Douma attack clearly indicated the presence of chlorine at the site and the UN Commission of Inquiry’s most recent report supported the government’s conclusion that a...

Interpol Presidency Election (20 Nov 2018)

Harriett Baldwin: ...Agency is able to invoke checks and balances and to ensure that article 3 is not violated. Separately, as he will also be aware, the UK has very much been leading the international efforts at the OPCW to challenge the egregious use of chemical weapons and violations of the chemical weapons convention, including the use of chemical weapons on UK soil that has been attributed to Russia. We...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria: Chemical Weapons (8 Nov 2018)

Alistair Burt: The final report of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact-finding Mission will be available when its investigations are completed. The timeframe for this is not yet certain. The most recent note from the Director General of the OPCW to the UN Security Council on Syrian chemical weapons, dated 23 October, stated that the Fact-finding Mission “continues to...


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