The Netherlands to provide support for dismantling chemical weapons in Syria

The Netherlands has earmarked an additional €1.5 million to help in the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. In September the Netherlands contributed €1.5 million to the Syria Fund of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the latter’s verification missions in Syria.

This time, the Netherlands is contributing the same amount to the UN’s Syria Fund, which finances security and logistics for the joint OPCW-UN mission to Syria. The rapid and successful implementation of the plan to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal is vital to international security and therefore very much in the Netherlands’ interests. The Netherlands is keen to play a positive role in this process, especially given its responsibility as the host country of the OPCW.

The joint mission is being led by the Dutch UN diplomat Sigrid Kaag. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has seconded a diplomat to Ms Kaag’s core team, which is coordinating the mission from Cyprus.