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All'#Aia, nei Paesi Bassi, la 5^ sessione della conferenza di revisione degli Stati parti della convenzione sulle armi chimiche (RC-5).

#OPCW #RevCon5 #ChemicalWeaponsConvention ImageImage
La questione delle armi chimiche abbandonate dal #Giappone in #Cina è stato un tema importante dell'RC-5 e un aspetto chiave della realizzazione dell'obiettivo della Convenzione.
È ineludibile responsabilità storica, politica e legale del #Giappone distruggere il prima possibile gli ACW (Abandoned Chemical Weapons) giapponesi in modo pulito e completo.
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New @FDD memo out today ahead of next week's Chemical Weapons Convention review conference @OPCW.

Syria's suspension two years ago has been positive for the organization. Member states must next turn to giving Russia an ultimatum for compliance.🧵…
#OPCW member states voted in April 2021 to suspend #Syria’s voting rights & privileges, the first suspension of its kind, holding Damascus to account for prolonged non-compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention. 1/
The #OPCW has functioned more smoothly since it suspended #Syria because #Russia obstructs routine business less frequently than in the past when it did so to protect its client in Damascus. 2/
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Our @UNIDIR report on 5th #ChemicalWeapons Convention RevCon outlined 5 outcome scenarios. While consensus should be sought, State Parties will likely ask: consensus at what cost? Substantive issues will divide SPs, so consensus will likely be a dilution of the issues. 1/7 #OPCW
But will SPs permit such dilution? If not, we may repeat RC4 outcome: a chair’s report. This can capture some substance, but it’s not an effective, solidifying, strategic document for #OPCW. However, this outcome seems likely. So how do SPs make the best of this situation? 2/7
There are discrete topics that might generate agreement as to their importance for #OPCW strategic vision, i.e. the #ChemTechCentre, #theAfricaProgram, #gender #geographicrepresentation –&others? So, how can SPs ensure these aren't lost in diluted outcome or chair's report? 3/7
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According to sources @PowerUSAID is exploiting #Syria earthquake tragedy to promote #WhiteHelmets & restore credibility of brand - a group affiliated wth #AlQaeda, accused of multiple crimes by #Syrian people including organ trafficking (failed cover up by @BBC Mayday Series)
This is because the #WhiteHelmets failed to achieve rebranding in #Ukraine. #OPCW IIT report failed to cover up WH role in staging events #Douma 2018 that led to accusations of "chemical weapon" use by #Syria - discredited by dissident inspectors & BBC producer Riam Dalati.
#WhiteHelmets are enemy of Syrian people. During their occupation alongside armed groups funded/armed by FUKUS/Israel/Saudis/Qatar/Turkey & dominated by #AlQaeda- Syrian civilians were tortured, executed, crucified, incarcerated, murdered, exploited & abused.
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At the beginning of February 2022, #Biden warned that "if #Russia invades #Ukraine with tanks and troops, then there will be no more #NordStream2"
#ItsDone #NordStream: Fourth leak found as Russia and West trade blame over alleged sabotage of gas pipeline | Sep 29
- #EU and #US have stopped to directly accusing Russia, a #Kremlin official was rebuked after hinting that #Washington was #responsible.
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On this day in 2018, the Assad regime launched a #ChemicAlattack in #Saraqib City, #Syria. At least 12 people suffocated, according to UN reports. Despite an #OPCW investigation that proved the regime's responsibility, no accountability has been sought to date.
The #Saraqib attack was one of three chemical attacks for which the Assad regime was found responsible by the #OPCW, with the others occurring in #Lataminah (March 2017) and #Douma (April 2018). 43 people suffocated to death in the Douma attack alone.
The Saraqib attack occurred a day after a Russian fighter was shot down near Saraqib City in #Idlib, and coincided with a brutal military campaign by #Russia and the #Assad regime against civilians across #Syria.
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#Bojo Recounts #Putin #Missile Attack Threat | -2h
- "He sort of threatened me at one point and said, 'Boris, I don't want to hurt you, but with a missile, it would only take a #minute,' or something like that," Johnson quoted Putin as saying…
@BorisJohnson @RishiSunak
The world has suffered for decades from the #AngloSaxon #AgathaChristie psychopath poisoning operations.
- That is why it is good for everyone that the #satanic forces are vaporized, asap.… ImageImage
@BorisJohnson @RishiSunak #PortonDown #Salisbury #Skripals #Syria #Douma #OPCW #Novichok #Navalny
1. #Novichok was used and produced in the #US since 2008. #Patent US 9,132,135 b2 | Sep 17, 2020.
2. #PortonDown: #Salisbury nerve agent 'attack' reveals $70M #Pentagon program
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TCM applauds the ongoing work of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction @GPWMDofficial (#GPWMD). Recent Jan 2023 newsletter is linked below.

#OPCW #gpwmd #WMD…
Key Highlights:

- GP partners are grateful to #Germany for the leadership & energy it exhibited in 2022, & are committed to supporting Japan's Presidency in 2023.
CC: Mr. Shigeki Ito, Amb, Der Dir-General of the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation & Science Department, @MofaJapan_en
- GP partners remain committed to meaningfully strengthening the Chemical Weapons Convention (#CWC) in the lead-up to the 5th Review Conference, which will be held 15-19 May in The Hague. Recent GP support to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (@OPCW ):
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30 years ago, 🇨🇦 signed the #ChemicalWeaponsConvention. Our commitment to the CWC remains as strong as ever💪
We fight impunity for CW use everywhere. We call on 🇷🇺 to clarify the circumstances of Mr. Navalny’s poisoning with a #Novichok & #StandWithUkraine against Russia’s illegal war of aggression.
🇨🇦's €10 million contribution to the ChemTech Centre enables the #OPCW’s response to increasingly complex CW threats.

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#CIA and #MI6 KNEW #Iraq had NO WMDs. #USA #GeorgeWBush #Cheney @CondoleezzaRice #ColinPowell and #UK #TonyBlair knew it too so they needed a plan to slander #SaddamHussein: Use 3rd party called #Bellingcat to launder #lies via client #journalists + #media, and manipulate World. #CIA and #MI6 KNEW #Iraq ha...
When USEFUL IDIOTS lie: #Navalny with #Bellingcat's Christo Grosev said, "#Novichok disappears from body within hrs" plus Navalny's chief of staff Leonid Volkov trigger phrase "#Putin's signature" for effect. They forgot #Skripal's blood were taken weeks after they were poisoned.
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Not making headlines, the @OPCW Executive Council is in session this week.

Despite zero progress in clarification on the #Navalny poisoning - with #Russia issuing denials & accusations - #Western states seem to have decided NOT to up the ante vis-a-vis Russia at this time..(1/5)
... unlike some have called for @StrickerNonpro:…

Looking at statements issued at the Council this week, many - US, UK, Finland, Romania, Latvia, Germany, etc - recall #Navalny poisoning & bemoan lack of #Russian cooperation to date,...(2/5)
..but there seems to be no push to escalate the issue (ie. initiate procedures similar to those that led to #Syria's suspension from #OPCW last year).

I wonder why.

Desire not to further add to pile of problems with #Russia? Keep minimum engagement in multilateral fora? (3/5)
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@IMVErlangen (1/14) Dank für die hier erhobenen Einwände! - Im Verhältnis zwischen empirischer #Untersuchung und #Tatmotiv steht unter üblichen kriminologischen Verhältnissen, in denen sowohl Untersuchung des Tathergangs als auch Motivsuche ...
@IMVErlangen (2/14) ... nicht von äußeren Interessen überlagert wird, die angewandte #Heuristik nicht zur Debatte, wobei zusätzlich zur genauen Beschreibung des Tathergangs und nach Vernehmung etwaiger Zeugen ergänzend ein schlüssiges Motiv des Täters eingefordert wird, ...
@IMVErlangen (3/14) ... das eine innere Folgerichtigkeit im Hinblick auf das Geschehene liefern soll, was sich bei erdrückender Beweislage zwar erübrigen mag, aber für den Richter dennoch in der Ermessensfrage des Strafmaßes Relevanz besitzt. ...
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How can say this? Three reasons.

1. The chemical was not confirmed to be "novichok". Porton Down said it had found novichok in the #Skripal blood samples, but in court PD's expert wouldn't confirm this.
The #OPCW was careful not to explicitly identify #novichok in its analysis of the blood samples it received from the UK. It hedged its language in a strange way, merely saying it "confirmed" the UK's findings relating to the identity of the chemical. (2/6)
2. Nobody knows where the bottle of #novichok that turned up 4 months later in a flat in #Amesbury 8 miles away from #Salisbury, came from -- least of all Charlie Rowley, who supposedly found it. There's no evidence the bottle was ever in #Salisbury. (3/6)
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🧵 NGO applications for the 27th Conference of the States Parties (#CSP27) to the Chemical Weapons Convention are now open! We've put together some answers for frequently asked questions regarding NGO participation at the annual conference (1/6)… Image
🧵What is the Conference of the States Parties? (2/6)

#CSP27 #OPCW #CWC… Image
🧵 Who can apply to attend the Conference of States Parties (CSP) as a representative of a civil society organization? (3/6)

#CSP27 #OPCW #CWC Image
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#ChemicalWeapons #Syria #OPCW #Russia #disinformation #Thread
1/ Data showed that three false narratives were spread most frequently. The tweets primarily targeted the White Helmets civil rescue workers.…
2/ The conspiracy accounts also focused on distorting facts about the use of #ChemicalWeapons by the #Syria regime. The third narrative was aimed against the findings of reports by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (#OPCW).
#ChemicalWeapons #Syria #OPCW
3/ researchers discovered the false content was shared by the audience of 3 million people with 1.8 million of them being unique followers. According to data analysis, 19,000 original disinformation posts were retweeted over 670,000 times.
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Fascinating discussion yesterday at @cwccoalition with @JPZanders + Alastair Hay on #whitephosphorus and its ambiguous place in arms control architectures (something i know very little about) 1/6 #opcw #cwc
Although not explicitly covered by the #CWC #OPCW, and inadequately covered within the #CCW, the inhalation of its white smoke (phosphorous pentoxide) can cause asphyxiation and permanent harm to the respiratory tract through its toxic, irritant properties. 2/6
If #whitephosphorus smoke is used intentionally as an irritant, how does that relate to the #OPCW #CWC General Purpose Criterion? It is remarkably hard to ascertain 'intent' especially given that the 'exceptions' under #CCW Protocol III provide scope 'accidental' exposure 3/6
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🔴Statement on Ukraine from the OPCW spokesperson… The use of chemical weapons anywhere by anyone under any cir
The Technical Secretariat of the #OPCW is monitoring closely the situation in #Ukraine. The Secretariat is concerned by the recent unconfirmed report of chemical weapons use in Mariupol, which has been carried in the media over the past 24 hours.
This follows reports in the media over the past few weeks of shelling targeted at chemical plants located in Ukraine, together with accusations levelled by both sides around possible misuse of toxic chemicals.
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Russia claims #US wanted to spread infectious #diseases via #biolabs in #Ukraine | Mar 18
-Russia’s Der Min accused the US of developing infectious diseases in biolabs in Ukraine with the aim of spreading them to Russia disguised as '#natural outbreaks.'
'#Pentagon funded' #Biolabs near #Russian borders.
#OMG Boris @BorisJohnson
#Pentagon funded #Novichok is made in #USA and developed further in #Salisbury.
Patent No: US 9,132,135 B2.
"Methods of a treatment of #organo-#phosphorus #poison agents" issued in Sep. 2015, Pat. filed in 2008.
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The #OPCW's new #ChemTechCentre seeks to foster the skills and expertise, and host the infrastructure, required for evolving CWC implementation requirements. So far 52 States Parties have donated to its construction - but how does that map on to regional groups? 1/3
That wee pie chart reveals that #Africa and #GRULAC have comparatively fewer contributing States Parties, a fact that mirrors the trend that there remain few, if any, qualifying #OPCW Designated Laboratories in these regions over the years. 2/3
The #OPCW Chemtech Centre should be used to engage wider range of SPs in scientifc and technical capacity building, increasing buy-in of many SPs who struggle to commit resource to a treaty that *appears* to have limited value to them, given historic focus on CW destruction. 3/3
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Article by @PACE_News calling on Russia to launch an investigation into the use of a #Novichok nerve agent against #Navalny & to accept a Technical Assistance Visit from the #OPCW. Interesting to consider desired objectives/outcomes of a TAV 1.5 yrs after the incident.
TAVs are normally requested much earlier, eg immediately after an incident. This being said, TAVs respond to needs of the requesting State Party, and there is no time limit to request one if requested expertise is available.
Russia had officially requested a TAV from the #OPCW in October 2020 but refused the standard procedures for one, so no TAV took place. All related correspondence is here:…
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OTD 29 years ago, Canada signed the #CWC. Since then, we have been steadfast in our effort to rid the world of #ChemicalWeapons. Keep reading ⬇️
We play a lead role in the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons & Materials of Mass Destruction to prevent #CBRN proliferation & terrorism. 🇨🇦 contributed over $240 million to support CW destruction in #Russia, #Libya, #Iraq and #Syria.

Canada is the top individual donor ($10 million) to the new Centre for Chemistry and Technology, which will position the OPCW to tackle emerging CW threats, promote chemical security and advance the peaceful use of chemistry into the future.

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In his statement to the #CSP26, Christophe Curty, Chairperson of the #OPCW SAB and head of the Organic Chemistry branch @Spiezlab, referred to 3 key developments in science and technology relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Short thread:
1) Changes to Schedule 1 Chemicals:
Biomarkers of the cholinesterase inhibitor found in Mr Navalny’s blood and urine samples have similar structural characteristics as the toxic chemicals belonging to schedules 1.A.14 and 1.A.15 in the Annex on Chemicals to the Convention.
The chemical used, however, is not listed in the Annex on Chemicals. Today, although some peer-reviewed articles have been published in scientific journals, specific information on their detection and identification as well as protection and countermeasures is still lacking.
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Great #CSP26 report. Ensuring effective CWC implementation requires active participatory stakeholder networks/communities. A requirement for that is #OPCW transparency, and this @cwccoalition reporting re-establishes much needed civil society entry points to information [1/4]
This complements the great on-the-ground #OPCW CSP coverage provided by @CBWEvents, and is a small light in the dark hole left by the cessation of the publication of @SPRU Harvard Sussex Program CBW Conventions Bulletin [back issues found here…] 2/4
This effort by @cwccoalition and others to inform/ structure civil society engagement with CWC/ #OPCW issues is a fundamental step in community building and bringing old and new voices in. It is now important for States Parties to add structure from their side too. 3/4
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Pakistan has been re-elected to the Executive Council of the #OPCW for the term 2022-2024. The elections were held during the recently concluded conference of States Parties in the Hague from 29th November - 2nd December 2021 (1/5)
The re-election of Pakistan to the 41 member Executive Council of the OPCW is a testament to Pakistan’s positive role at the OPCW. It reaffirms the confidence of the Member States in Pakistan’s ability to provide effective leadership & impetus to the work of the OPCW.
Pakistan is an active member of the OPCW & has been serving on the EC since its ratification of the CWC in 1997 & has been contributing constructively towards the fulfilment of the objectives of the CWC & regularly hosts OPCW routine inspections at its relevant facilities (4/5)
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