"Crucial step for a world without weapons of mass destruction"
Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Spindelegger welcomes the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Vienna, 11 October 2013 – "The decision of the Oslo Nobel Committee to award this year's prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an important signal for all the efforts undertaken to achieve a world without weapons of mass destruction", Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Spindelegger said. "The OPCW has made major contributions to the progress towards this goal. Austria has for many years campaigned for the world-wide abolition of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons", Spindelegger continued.
The OPCW was given its mandate by the Chemical Weapons Convention. It monitors the observance of the Convention's comprehensive prohibition of development, production, acquisition, possession, transfer and use of chemical weapons in all signatory states. Austria has been a member of the Convention since it came into force in 1997.
Spindelegger said that this Nobel Prize award comes at a crucial time in the history of the organisation: "With its Resolution 2118 (2013) of 27 September 2013 that obligates Syria to destroy its chemical weapons, the UN Security Council has mandated the OPCW and the United Nations to monitor and verify this destruction. Austria is currently examining ways to support the OPWC and the United Nations in this important mission in Syria. The success of this mission will be a major step towards creating a zone without weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and will certainly contribute to stabilisation in the region", Spindelegger concluded.