New York

24 August 2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the third report of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism

The Secretary-General submitted the third report of the OPCW – UN Joint Investigative Mechanism to the Security Council today, pursuant to resolution 2235 (2015). The report outlines the in-depth investigation into the nine selected cases and provides the findings, assessments and conclusions by the Leadership Panel. The methods of work and the investigation of the specific cases are described in the report’s ten Annexes.

The Secretary-General is looking forward to Security Council’s consideration of the report, which is expected on 30 August. The report will be available publicly shortly thereafter.

The Secretary-General expresses his appreciation to the Leadership Panel and the staff of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, as well as the OPCW and the Office for Disarmament Affairs for their continued support to the Mechanism, as well as to Member States for their assistance to the Mechanism, including financial support.