The Norwegian Nobel Committee's October 11 announcement that the OPCW
won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts further elevated its reputation.
Michael Luhan, OPCW
spokesman, on declined to name the U.
The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize was on Friday awarded to the OPCW
"for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons", the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced.
, based in the Hague in the Netherlands, has about 500 staff and an annual budget of under $100 million.
report said the United States had destroyed about 90 percent of its stockpile, Russia had destroyed 70 percent and Libya, 51 percent.
On arrival in Syria last Tuesday, an OPCW
official said that explosives, sledgehammers and concrete may all be used to destroy weapons.
The 41-member executive council of the OPCW
is due to discuss and vote on the proposal at 10 p.
inspectors will have 30 days to visit all chemical weapons facilities declared by Syria to the organisation last week, it states, adding that Syria must submit additional details of its arsenal, including munition types, amounts of precursors and toxins, and the location of all storage and production sites.
Uzumucu expressed thanks to Tunisia for having hosted these simulation exercises which took place, for the first time, outside Europe and on African soil, which accordingly helped further improve the operational capacity of OPCW
assistance system and means.
The Conference is composed of representatives of all Member States of the OPCW
TEHRAN (FNA)- Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ahmed Uzumcu lauded Tehran for its "excellent" cooperation with the OPCW
, and said the US and Russia will be disarmed within the next 6 years.
Russia Today website quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich as saying that members of the OPCW
executive council who are relentlessly attacking Damascus in their statements are completely and deliberately ignoring many proofs about using toxic materials by extremist organizations, particularly Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).