As a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, Indonesia participated in the Twentieth Session of the Conference of the States Parties on 30 November – 4 December 2015 in The Hague. The Conference is the plenary organ consisting of all States Parties to the Convention and is annually organised to take decisions in order to promote the objectives of the Convention.
Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Indonesian Embassy/Permanent Representation of the Republic of Indonesia to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Mr. Ibnu Wahyutomo, led the Indonesian delegation consisting of representatives of the Indonesian Embassy and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry.
Mr. Ibnu Wahyutomo delivered a statement at the session of the General Debate at the Conference on 1 December 2015 and stressed the full compliance by States Parties to the Convention. In addition, Mr. Ibnu Wahyutomo emphasised the enlargement of membership towards its full universality.
Indonesia appreciates Angola and Myanmar who have joined the Convention in 2015, which is a significant step towards achieving universal adherence to the Convention. The implementation of the universality of the Convention by all States Parties constitutes guarantee for disarmament and prevention of the use of chemical weapons and toxic chemicals towards international peace and security.
Further, Indonesia welcomes the establishment of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism that should carry out its function in an objective, impartial and professional manner with the full support from the Government of Syrian Republic.
In addition, Indonesia advocates the fullest possible exchange of chemicals technologies, expertise, scientific, and technological information for the purposes not prohibited under the Convention, aimed at fostering economic development.
In a display of Indonesia’s unwavering commitment to the Convention, Indonesia, together with the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW, is planning to hold a field exercise in the first half of 2016 as Indonesia fully supports and shares the expertise and experience with other States Parties in need of assistance under the framework of the OPCW.