On 26 September 2019, during a ceremony of accreditation, Ambassador Aiga Liepiņa presented her letter of credence to Fernando Arias, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
While meeting with the OPCW Director-General, Amb. Liepiņa confirmed Latvia’s support for OPCW objectives and highlighted the organisation’s global role in the destruction of chemical weapon stockpiles, and in maintaining programs to prevent the future use of dangerous weapons. Amb. Liepiņa expressed her readiness to facilitate Latvia’s contributions in pursuit of OPCW aims. Director-General Arias appreciated the Ambassador’s interest in continuing Latvia’s support and briefed her on various current projects and developments.
The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), also known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction took effect on 29 April 1997. Latvia became a signatory to the convention on 6 May 1993 soon after it had been concluded. The convention is the one and only global instrument that bans the development, production, stockpiling, transport and use of chemical weapons, and has strong mechanisms for monitoring and inspecting. The implementation of the Convention is overseen by the OPCW and 193 countries have committed to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Find information on the OPCW and the Chemical Weapons Convention at: https://www.opcw.org/about-us
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