The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders welcomes the adoption of resolution 2118 by the Security Council to destroy the chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime.
This decision of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a major step in the neutralization of these weapons of mass destruction. The Security Council recognizes that their use is a threat to international peace and security. It is now essential that the system is fully cooperating with the United Nations and the OPCW. Further action of the Security Council under Chapter VII isindispensable.
Minister Reynders also welcomes the news that a conference will be held in Geneva by mid-November. Only a political solution will indeed put an end to the Syrian crisis. Didier Reynders urged all parties to engage constructively and seriously into the Geneva process II in the interest of the Syrian people.
In New York on the sidelines of the ministerial week on the occasion of the opening of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations, Didier Reynders pleaded in his contacts to take the opportunity of sending experts in chemical weapons to Syria, to increase humanitarian access, particularly in health care.
Minister Reynders had always called the Security Council to assume its responsibilities and is pleased that an agreement has finally been reached between its 15 members. He hopes that the current momentum can be maintained so that other positive developments are possible, both on the political and humanitarian levels.