COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2017/2303 IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUED IMPLEMENTATION OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2118 (2013) AND OPCW EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DECISION EC-M-33/DEC.1 ON THE DESTRUCTION OF SYRIAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS, IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EU STRATEGY AGAINST PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
1. The attached document covers an extension Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/2303 in support of the continued implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2118 (2013) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council EC-M-33/DEC.1 on the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons. On 10 December 2018, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2018/19431 extending the implementation period of Decision (CFSP) 2017/2303 by 12 months; this 24-month extension has no additional cost.
2. The work of this extension, unchanged from the previous, is to provide European Union Satellite Centre (“SatCen”) imagery to the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW in support of the OPCW Executive Council’s work in assessment of Syria’s declaration under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). This work, forming part of Executive Council EC-M-33/DEC.1, focuses on overseeing and verifying the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons.
3. The primary beneficiaries of this Council Decision are the OPCW’s Declaration Assessment Team (DAT) and the Fact Finding Mission (FFM), in supporting their work in in-country evaluation of facilities and suspected chemical weapons sites. It will further support the implementation of Decision C-SS-4/DEC.3 that addresses the threat from chemical weapons use adopted on 27 June 2018 at the 4th Special Conference of States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Expected outcomes are as follows:
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