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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA 107 29 July 2002

NEW DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR CHEMICAL WEAPONS ORGANISATION

I offer my warm congratulations to Rogelio Pfirter on his election in The Hague yesterday to the position of Director General of the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The Chemical Weapons Convention is a vital element of global disarmament and non-proliferation efforts. The OPCW, based in The Hague, is the international body charged with overseeing the effective implementation of this Convention.

Australia, an initial signatory to the Convention, has strongly supported the work of the OPCW since its inception in 1997. In June Australia co-sponsored and participated in a regional workshop in Nadi, Fiji, to promote better adherence to and implementation of the Convention by Pacific Island countries.

Australia looks forward to continuing our active role at the OPCW in close cooperation with the Technical Secretariat under Mr Pfirter’s leadership.

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