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Syria's proliferation concerns and EU policies: an overview (June 2013)
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Overview of the latest EU official documents, publications of the Consortium, and publications from the network regarding Syria’s proliferation challenges and concerns
“I must refer to the situation in Syria. The existence of chemical weapons is a severe threat to the population of any country and a serious threat to regional peace and security. The EU is gravely concerned about the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. We emphasize that any use of chemical weapons, whether by a State or by a non-State actor, is abhorrent and must be unreservedly condemned. The Syrian authorities bear a particular responsibility to ensure that their chemical weapons are stored securely pending independently verified destruction and are not permitted to fall into the hands of any other State or non-State actor. The EU expresses its full support for the decision of the United Nations Secretary-General to determine the facts in relation to the allegations of the use of chemical weapons. It is important that all parties cooperate fully with the investigation and permit unfettered access to the investigation team. We also express our appreciation to the Director-General and his staff for the measures they have taken to support the investigation. The EU looks forward to discussing with all States Parties how best to reflect this threat to our shared goal of a world free of chemical weapons in the outcome of this Review Conference.”
Ambassador Jacek Bylica,
Third Review Conference of the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention,
April 08 - 19, 2013, The Hague, Netherlands
- Council conclusions on Syria, 3241st Foreign affairs Council meeting, Brussels, Belgium, May 27, 2013
- Statement on behalf of the EU at the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee to the NPT Annual Meeting of States Parties, Geneva, Cluster 2, April 26, 2013
- European Union: Statement at the Third Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, The Hague, Netherlands, April 8, 2013
Publications of the Consortium
- Syria's Proliferation Challenge and the European Union's Response, Michael Elleman, Dina Esfandiary, Emile Hokayem, NP paper, No. 20, July 2012, 20p.
- Nuclear capabilities in the Middle East, Mark Fitzpatrick, Background paper, first EU Seminar on a WMDFZ in the Middle East, Brussels, Belgium, July 6-7, 2011, 17p.
Latest publications from the network
- International Security Information Service Europe - ISIS Europe, Belgium, has launched a ‘Syria focus’ portal. It gathers information on different aspects of the conflict in a variety of formats: blog posts, UN Security Council documents, European council decisions, etc.
- Arms transfers to Syria, Pieter D. Wezeman, SIPRI Yearbook 2013, July 2013, 7p.
- Armer les rebelles syriens ? Une action en principe illégale !, Mélanie de Groof, Note du GRIP, 20 juin 2013, 4p.
- The Future of Syria and the Regional Arms Race, Silvia Colombo, IAI Working paper, 12 June 2013, 8p., Istituto Affari Internazionali
- UN Human Rights Council: Claims of CW Use in Syria, But No Proof, Jean Pascal Zanders, Arms Contol Law, 4 June 2013
- European Council's decision to lift the arms embargo on Syria, Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos, ISIS, 29 May, 2013
- The Syria conference: last exit peace? Florence Gaub, ISS UE Alert, 22 May 2013, 2p.
- A Chemical Weapons–Free Middle East?, Cindy Vestergaard (DIIS), CSIS (Policy Perspective), 21 May 2013
- Eu cannot get its Syrian act together, Ivan Briscoe, Clingendael, 16 May 2013.
- Red Lines and Syrian Chemical Weapons, Shashank Joshi, RUSI Analysis, 26 April 2013.
- Syria crisis highlights importance of Chemical Weapons Convention, IISS Strategic Comments, 5 April 2013.
- Chemical weapon use in Syria? Jean Pascal Zanders, ISS UE Alert, 26 March 2013, 2p.
- Chemical Warfare allegations in Syria – An initial assessment, Jean Pascal Zanders, Arms Contol Law, 19 March
- Turkish Delight? The Deployment of Patriot Missiles to Turkey Poses Further Questions than Answer’, Avnish Patel, Rusi Analysis, 6 February 2013.
- Syria and Chemical Weapons: what can the international community do?, Carlo Trezza, European Leadership Network, 27 November 2012
- The Real Challenge of Syria for the International Community, Pavlos Efthymiou, Briefing notes, ELIAMEP, December 2012.
- Potential Problems with Syria’s Chemical Arsenal, Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski, PISM Bulletin No. 83 (416), 12 September 2012.
- Is military intervention justified if Syria uses chemical weapons? Je ne crois pas…, Marco Roscini, Arms Contol Law, 28 August 2012
- Syria’s chemical weapons and protection against their use: a brief overview, John Hart, SIPRI, 26 July 2012