On November 13 the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Fernando Arias, met some members of the Foreign Press Association of The Netherlands in The Hague. He reported that a new investigative team to apportion blame for poison gas and nerve agent attacks in Syria will be ready to start work early next year. He added that a coordinator for the team has already been appointed and more experts and analysts are being hired.
The meeting took place one week before OPCW Conference of the States Parties. Arias urged member states to financially support its plan to upgrade current Laboratory and Equipment Store through the construction of a new Centre for Chemistry and Technology. The center will strengthen the OPCW’s science and technology capabilities and will be built in the Dutch village of Pijnacker-Nootdorp, near The Hague, where the organization is based. / DM
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