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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the OPCW Final Report on the Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria, on 7 April 2018

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the OPCW Final Report on the Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria, on 7 April 2018

4.3.2019 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic has studied the final report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), published on 1 March 2019, on the investigation of the incident of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma on 7 April 2018. The conclusions of the report, which was worked out in compliance with the established proceedings, methods and mandates of the OPCW, confirm that there are substantiated reasons to believe that a toxic chemical substance as a weapon, namely chlorine, was used in Douma.  We deem the selected proceedings and methods from the OPCW investigation to be highly qualified, objective, impartial, and independent, and we fully recognize and respect their outcomes.


As a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention and a member of the OPCW, we repeatedly and categorically condemn any use of chemical weapons or toxic chemical substances as weapons wherever, by whomever and against whomever. The use of chemical weapons, like that of other weapons of mass destruction, is unacceptable and inexcusable for us, not only in the context of international law and international conventions, to which we are bound, but also from the point of view of moral principles.