OPCW Director Speaks at International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC)

OPCW Director General Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü

The Director-General of the OPCW Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü has spoken to students of the prestigious International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) during his recent visit to Cameroon.


Speaking under the theme: “The CWC, Implementation, and Considerations for Africa”; he praised Cameroon as one of the earliest countries on the continent to ratify the Convention and a country that has been making great strides towards its full implementation. He also commended Cameroon for its adoption of comprehensive CWC national legislation at the end of 2016. He also applauded Cameroon’s cooperation with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in hosting ‘The Stakeholders Forum for States Parties in Africa on Adoption of National Implementation Legislation’.


The Director-General also invited the participants to “think innovatively” about how Africa can respond to the real dangers posed by chemical weapons and how to ensure that chemistry is used for peaceful purposes.


To the students, he said: “In a region that is filled with so much evident potential, your ideas will help guide the future course of events and ensure enduring security in a chemical-weapon-free Africa”.


During the twenty years of its existence, he added, the OPCW has strived to maintain close relations with the CWC’s African States Parties and to deepen its engagement with them to promote further progress in national implementation.


During his visit in Yaoundé, Ambassador Üzümcü also met with Director of IRIC, Mr. Salomon Eheth, he was interviewed on Cameroon Television and also held a press conference with local media representatives.

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