First time ever Lithuania got elected to Executive Council of Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
On 27 November, Lithuania's candidacy for the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the 2020-2022 period was unanimously approved at the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague, Netherlands.
In his speech, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Vidmantas Purlys noted that Lithuania regretted the use of chemical weapons in various parts of the world in previous years. Lithuania will contribute to the OPCW’s effort to investigate and prosecute these grave violations of international law. The Ambassador also said that Lithuania would continue to consistently strive to draw the international community’s attention to chemical weapons dumped in the Baltic and other seas, and would promote cooperation and the exchange of information on this issue.
The Executive Council is the governing body of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that consists of 41 OPCW member states.