Canada Congratulates OPCW-UN Joint Mission on Removal of Chemical Agents from Syria

June 23, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada congratulates the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW]-United Nations Joint Mission on having successfully overseen the removal of Syria’s declared chemicals from its territory. Though today’s achievement is a significant landmark, it unfortunately does not mark the end of the operations.

“Canada remains concerned about Syria’s constant delay tactics on its obligation to destroy the facilities that produced and housed the chemicals. We continue to have serious questions about Syria’s declarations on its chemical weapons program. And certainly, the alleged continued use of toxic chemicals as weapons remains unacceptable and must be investigated so that the perpetrators may be identified and brought to justice.

“Canada will continue to work closely with all those states who have contributed to this unprecedented international effort to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal to ensure that they are never again used against the people of Syria.”

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