The first report of the Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), released on 8 April, confirms the tragic findings of previous independent inquiries. The Syrian regime does not hesitate to use chemical weapons against its own civilian population, including those being treated in hospitals. No amount of disinformation can obscure this fact.
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12 AprPress release
15 OctPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the European Union created a sanction regime against the use of chemical weapons today in Luxembourg. This allows the EU to act against people and organization involved in the development and the use of chemical weapons. This decision by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, underlines the European commitment to the fight against these gruesome weapons.
28 JunPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased with the decision taken on 27 July in The Hague by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to assume the role of investigating the responsibilities for chemical attacks in Syria.
Belgium strongly condemns all use of chemical weapons which are a blatant violation of international law. Belgium therefore understands the military action in Syria of our American, French and British partners who have targeted identified production facilities.
07 MarPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput received today at the Egmont Palace in Brussels Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
11 NovFrom Passchendaele to Syria - Minister Reynders calls for a renewal of the mandate of the Joint Investigative MechanismPress release
The Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War, is being celebrated this 11th of November. Today is also the last day of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. It was during this tragic battle, on Belgian soil, that chemical weapons were used for the first time on a large scale. Unfortunately, the use of chemical weapons still does not belong to the past.
12 JulFirst mustard gas attack 100 years ago: Didier Reynders calls for an end to the use of chemical weaponsPress release
Exactly 100 years ago today, on July 12th, 1917, the first large-scale mustard gas attack in human history took place on Belgian territory in Ieper. This chemical weapon caused numerous deaths and scarred other victims for life. Today, chemical ammunition is still being found on the battlefields of the First World War. Belgium continues to destroy significant amounts of these weapons and has recently invested in the acquisition of new equipment to continue its dismantlement activities.
29 AprTwenty years of Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: Didier Reynders calls on the four remaining countries to accede to the conventionPress release
On 29 April 1997, the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons entered into force. Twenty years later, this remains the only treaty that outlaws a complete category of weapons of mass destruction and enforces this ban through a verification regime. Currently, 192 countries have joined the convention.
10 NovPress release
On the eve of the commemoration of the end of the First World War, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses his concern on the insidious return of chemical warfare. The use of chemical weapons under any circumstances violates international law and is contrary to the basic standards of humanity. The intention of the international community not to repeat the mistakes of the past was strongly reaffirmed a year ago in the 'Ieper Declaration' on the occasion of the centenary of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons.