"We can only welcome such an initiative, and we expect that Mr. Arias will join us in the next council meeting on resolution 2118 [on the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons], which we will insist to hold open," Nebenzia, who presides with the UN Security Council during the month of October, said on Friday.
However, Belgium, France, Germany, Estonia, the United Kingdom and the United States blocked Bustani’s participation and insisted that Arias should brief the UN Security Council when it reconvenes in November.
Bustani, a Brazilian diplomat, led the OPCW from 1997 to 2002 and served as the organization’s first director-general. His early departure from the OPCW was on the initiative of the United States.
Bustani said the United States expressed dissatisfaction with his work after he had invited Iraq to join the OPCW given that the country’s membership would prevent the US plans to overthrow its former leader Saddam Hussein.