THE HAGUE, The Netherlands – The Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has convened on Monday at the organisation’s headquarters in The Hague, to discuss the recent case of alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma.
The session kicked off at 10:00 (09:00 GMT) at the request of chairperson of the OPCW Executive Council Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal of Bangladesh.
On April 10, the OPCW decided to deploy a team of its experts to carry out an investigation on the ground in the eastern suburb of the Syrian capital, as several Western powers, led by the United States, claimed chemical substances, most likely chlorine and sarin, were used by the Syrian government forces on April 7. The claim has been denied by Damascus and Moscow.
The US, UK and France subsequently launched air strikes against multiple government targets in Damascus early Saturday morning, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites as well as a Syrian military base in Homs.
Russian authorities have since announced that their officers from the Centre for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria had visited Douma on April 9 but had not found any race of chemical weapons used there.