OPCW holds conf. on countering chemical terrorism

Over 200 governmental experts, academics and industry representatives are taking part in a two-day Conference on Countering Chemical Terrorism, convened by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which began Thursday at its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The conference will examine the threat posed to international security and to the Chemical Weapons Convention by chemical terrorism, and consider approaches to preventing and responding to the terrorist use of chemical weapons, OPCW said in a press release.

Opening the conference, OPCW Director-General Ambassador Ahmet Uzumcu called for increased cooperation and enhancement of international efforts to counter chemical terrorism.

“Countering chemical terrorism is a formidable task. We do not expect to do this alone. All present attendees, and many others, have a part to play. I hope that this conference will bring new perspectives and open up new avenues for further cooperation and concerted action,” he said.

Executive Director of EUROPOL Catherine De Bolle delivered the conference’s keynote address, where she underscored the crucial role of international law enforcement cooperation in preventing terrorism and in bringing perpetrators of terrorist attacks to justice.

The conference will discuss topics such as the risk and threat of chemical terrorism, prevention, response, national experiences, and the legal accountability of non-State actors.

Source: Kuwait News Agency