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25 July 2002

U.S. Welcomes New Head of Chemical Weapons Organization

(Pfirter has excellent non-proliferation record, State says) (340)
The United States welcomes the appointment of Argentine diplomat
Rogelio Pfirter as the new Director-General of the Organization for
the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), says State Department
spokesman Richard Boucher.
"Ambassador Pfirter is a lawyer and career diplomat with a
distinguished career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina,"
Boucher said July 25. "He has an outstanding record on
non-proliferation and we believe he will do an excellent job in
leading the OPCW to carry out its essential role in the overall global
effort against weapons of mass destruction."
Boucher said the United States looks forward to developing a solid
relationship with Pfirter as he begins addressing OPCW's financial and
management concerns.
Pfirter replaces Jose Mauricio Bustani of Brazil as the OPCW
director-general.
Following is the text of Boucher's remarks:
(begin text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
July 25, 2002
STATEMENT BY RICHARD BOUCHER, SPOKESMAN
Appointment of Rogelio Pfirter as the new Director-General of the
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Today a Special Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical
Weapons Convention appointed by acclamation Rogelio Pfirter of
Argentina as the new Director-General of the Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Ambassador Pfirter is a lawyer and career diplomat with a
distinguished career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina.
He has an outstanding record on non-proliferation and we believe he
will do an excellent job in leading the OPCW to carry out its
essential role in the overall global effort against weapons of mass
destruction.
The United States strongly supports the Chemical Weapons Convention
and its implementing organization. We look forward to developing a
solid relationship with Director-General Pfirter as he takes the
necessary steps to address the Organization's financial and management
concerns.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
      



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