Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he (a) raised with his Russian counterpart and (b) made representations to the Russian Government on the importance of pressing Syria to join the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons since May 2010.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

I addressed all parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), including Russia, at the third CWC Review Conference on 9 April 2013. In my statement I urged all states to not ignore the situation in Syria, and called on Syria to join the CWC without delay. We have also used our bilateral contacts with Russia to raise the importance of Syria joining the CWC.

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