Chemical weapons watchdog may be given fresh powers in Paris talks

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Proposals would enable OPCW to attribute responsibility in the event of a chemical attack

Proposals to restore an internationally recognised system to hold those using chemical weapons to account will be discussed at a conference in Paris attended by 35 countries.

Under proposals being floated by French diplomats, the powers of the world’s chemical weapons watchdog could be expanded to include attributing responsibility for the use of chemical weapons, rather than merely investigating whether they have been used.

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