OPCW Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Barbara Jones made this Freedom of Information request to Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Documents that Wikileaks have released, prove that OPCW has effectively been lying and changing evidence about chemical attacks in Syria.
As they are no longer to be trusted it raises questions about other times that the foreign office has relied on their evidence.

1. Please list the OPCW Reports and dates that FCO has.
2. Please state what meetings have taken place to correct the Foreign Office position on Syria, given that it has been based partly on falsified evidence.

Propaganda on Syria has now been shown from White Helmets, Bana, OPCW and Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

3. When did the FCO last carry out a review of their Policy on Syria?
4. What is the FCO policy on Syria?
5. When is the FCO Policy on Syria due for Review and by which Committees?

Yours faithfully,

Barbara Jones

FOI-DPA PMCS (Sensitive),

Dear Ms Jones,


Thank you for your email to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In
order for us to assist you with your request and best direct any search we
require some further information from you.  As currently drafted your
request is too broad and would go over the statutory limit set under the
FOIA and we would be unable to proceed with it.


We cannot answer your second question as currently framed. It would be
helpful if you could indicate the documents published by Wikileaks you
refer to or any specific evidence. You might ask for information about
meetings specifically discussing those reports and avoid using subjective
terms such as “to correct the Foreign Office position”.


It would also be helpful to include a timeframe within which we can search
for information. Note that a list of OPCW reports is published on their
website [1]https://www.opcw.org/.  


The ICO advises that your request can be in the form of a question, rather
than a request for specific documents, but the authority does not have to
answer your question if this would mean creating new information or giving
an opinion or judgment that is not already recorded. Your third, fourth
and fifth questions will need to be more specific as FCO policy on Syria
can cover many areas. You will need to specify an area of policy on Syria,
but note that if we do not hold a statement setting out that policy, we
may not be able to provide an answer under the FOI Act.


Please let us know how you would like to proceed and we will be happy to
assist you further with your request.


Yours sincerely


Central FOI Unit

Foreign and Commonwealth Office




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