Zakharova: Russia hopes that the new head of the OPCW will return its operation to normal

MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS/. Moscow hopes that the new Director-General of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) Fernando arias gonzález will be able to return the group to normal. This was stated on Friday to journalists the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“Congratulations Mr. Aries with the appointment and sincerely wish him success. Will work in difficult conditions, so you will need maximum involvement of its experience and professional exposure, she said. – The OPCW, once considered one of the most respected and successful international organizations in the field of nonproliferation and arms control, is experiencing not the best times. Unfortunately, Western countries in the short-term gain went to outrageous politicization of the work of this organization.”

According to her, the significant destructive potential in the work of the OPCW carries emerged during the past months, the desire of individual States to seek changes to the fundamental functions and objectives of the organization by giving its thesecretariat absolutely not typical him functions at the establishment responsible for the use of toxic substances. “We hope that the new Director General of the OPCW will find in itself enough forces and energy to bring the work of the technical organization in a normal and constructive direction, he said. The activities of the OPCW and its technical Secretariat should be purely professional, immune to the political pressure of individual, even very powerful States.”

“It is important to make every effort to recover the spirit of consensus of the OPCW, to focus on addressing the key assigned task-namely, the early destruction of the chemical Arsenal by all parties to the Convention and work towards its universalization”, – said Zakharov.

Gonzalez of his duties July 25. He became the fourth CEO of the organization since its inception in 1997. His term of office will be four years. Gonzalez was replaced by Turk Ahmet Uzumcu, the acting CEO of the organization since mid 2010 and did not have the right to be re-elected for the third time in accordance with the Charter.