Didier Reynders welcomes the decision of the Security Council on chemical weapons in Syria

date: 28 September 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the adoption of Resolution 2118 of the UN Security Council aimed at the destruction of the chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime. It is, along with the decision of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an important step towards neutralising these weapons of mass destruction. The UN Security Council recognises that the use of these weapons presents a threat to international peace and security. It is now essential that the Syrian regime cooperate fully with the United Nations and the OPCW. Failing this, the UN Security Council measures under Chapter VII must be taken.

Minister Reynders is also pleased with the agreement reached to endorse the Geneva Declaration of June 2012 and the announcement that a conference will be held in Geneva in mid-November. Only a political solution can bring an end to the Syrian crisis. Didier Reynders urges all parties to participate constructively and seriously in the Geneva II Process in the interest of the Syrian people.

In New York, during the UN Ministerial Week, Didier Reynders made the case for taking the opportunity to send chemical weapons experts to Syria in order to increase humanitarian access, particularly for healthcare.

Minister Reynders increasingly called upon the Security Council to accept its responsibilities and he is pleased that an agreement has been reached on this between all 15 members. He hopes that the current climate can continue so that other positive developments will be possible, at both a political and humanitarian level.