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Syrian Arab Republic: Letter dated 28 January 2019 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council - Progress in the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme (S/2019/91) [EN/AR]

Source: UN Security Council Country: Syrian Arab Republic
I have the honour to transmit herewith the sixty-fourth monthly report of the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), submitted pursuant to paragraph 12 of Security Council resolution 2118 (2013) (see annex). The report covers the period from 22 December 2018 to 23 January 2019. As previously reported, the OPCW Technical Secretariat continues to be unable to resolve all the identified gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies in the chemical weapons declaration by the Syrian Arab Republic and therefore cannot fully verify that the Syrian Arab Republic has submitted a declaration that can be considered accurate and complete in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention. In this regard, I reiterate my calls for cooperation by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic with OPCW in resolving all outstanding issues. Regarding the alleged use of chemicals as a weapon in Aleppo on 24 November 2018 and in response to a note verbale from the Syrian Arab Republic dated 28 November 2018, the OPCW fact-finding mission deployed to the Syrian Arab Republic from 5 to 15 January 2019 to conduct interviews and visit hospitals in Aleppo and to receive samples provided by the Syrian national authorities in Damascus. The above-mentioned information is being analysed by the OPCW secretariat. I welcome the efforts of the fact-finding mission in analysing all available information regarding this incident. As I have stated previously, the use of chemical weapons is abhorrent, and impunity for their use is inexcusable. It is therefore imperative to identify and hold accountable all those who have used chemical weapons. The United Nations stands ready to assist in ensuring this outcome. (Signed) António Guterres

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