Ambassador Neilas Tankevičius presented his credentials to the Director-General of OPCW
On September 26, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Neilas Tankevičius, presented his Letters of Credence to the Director-General Fernando Arias.
Ambassador Tankevičius extended his reassurances that Lithuania will continue to contribute to the OPCW’s mission of achieving a world free of chemical weapons and the threat of their use. "Unfortunately, the use of chemical weapons is still being recorded in some countries, and it is therefore of the utmost importance today to continue our work towards ensuring that there is no impunity for those responsible for such heinous attacks."
H. E. Neilas Tankevičius once again condemned Russia's war in Ukraine and expressed his concern over Russia’s baseless accusations about chemical weapons “provocations” being prepared in Ukraine. At the same time, such spread of false information raises concerns that this might be preparations for Russia’s own planned attacks. OPCW's work in the world today is particularly important.
Director-General F. Arias assured that Lithuania's active role in the OPCW is visible and appreciated.
Ambassador also noted that Lithuania will continue to draw attention of the international community to the issue of the Sea Dumped Chemical Weapon. In the run-up to the OPCW Review Conference, it is important to agree on voluntary cooperation, the exchange of information and the maintenance of expertise on this issue.
The OPCW, with its 193 Member States, is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, adopted in 1997.