Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on Decision to Award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

October 11, 2013

  1. 1. The Government of Japan heartily congratulates the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

    2. Since its foundation in 1997, the OPCW has made great contributions to total prohibition and non-proliferation of chemical weapons globally. Particularly, in its response to the issue of use of chemical weapons in present Syria, the OPCW has led the efforts by the international society for complete abolition of the chemical weapons in Syria, such as dispatching inspectors to Syria, together with the United Nations. I also highly appreciate such roles of the OPCW.

    3. The Government of Japan would like to continue supporting the efforts by relevant countries and organizations, including the OPCW, for complete prevention of the use of chemical weapons and making as much cooperation and contribution as possible to their efforts.


(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)