EU Foreign Affairs Council Luxembourg: Didier Reynders supports the fight against chemical weapons

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.

Didier Reynders also announced in Luxemburg that Belgium will contribute 2 million EUR to the construction of a new laboratory of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This new lab will allow to do more research on the use of chemical weapons.

Belgium is one of the biggest donors to the project, underlining the importance of the fight against chemical weapons for our country. The first massive gas attack took place in Langemark-Poelkapelle in Belgium during the First World War.

The OPCW has its seat in The Hague. The organizations plays a crucial role in the international fight against the use of chemical weapons. Belgium supports the OPCW and its specific role to identify those responsible for the chemical attacks in Syria.

The use of chemical weapons violates international law and is a blatant violation of human dignity. Belgium condemns every use of chemical weapons. Perpetrators of those atrocities must be prosecuted.