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Russia says UN chemical weapons watchog is 'off track'

AFP  |  United Nations 

Russia's UN charged Friday that the UN's watchdog had been hijacked by and its mandate derailed after put forward a draft resolution on the OPCW.

Western diplomats fear the proposed Russian measure is aimed at weakening the (OPCW), which has been at the forefront of efforts to shed light on in

"We are trying to get the OPCW back on track because it (has) slided off the track and now it is so politicised," told reporters.

"It was always a technical organ where consensus prevailed, and now we see that it is completely politicised, with politicised agenda from various parties."

"We want the OPCW to get back to where it was before," he said.

The draft text, seen by AFP, notes "with concern the continuing politicisation of the work of the OPCW" which "significantly reduces the efficiency of the organisation's activities."

The draft resolution states that the -- where holds veto power -- is the only international body that can impose measures on countries that violate the Convention.

The did not specify when he expected the council to vote on the measure which was presented on Thursday, adding that negotiations were ongoing.

The OPCW agreed last year to set up a mechanism that would identify the perpetrators of chemical attacks, a move bitterly opposed by and

The West pushed through the new blaming powers after OPCW reports confirmed chemical weapons use in Syria, as well as a nerve agent attack on Russian former double agent in the English city of in March 2018.

Western powers are calling on the new investigative team to start work on identifying the culprits behind a deadly attack in the Syrian town of in April 2018.

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 00:55 IST