Netherlands: 96% world’s chemical weapons destroyed, hails OPCW

Netherlands: Chemical Weapons Convention meeting kicks off in The Hague The 22nd Conference of State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) began on Monday in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) headquarters in The Hague. OPWC member states celebrated the destruction of 96 percent of chemical weapons stockpiles in the world. Russia and Libya were... Еще mentioned as states that completed the destruction of all chemical weapons stockpiles. The Malaysian Ambassador to the Netherlands called on member states to overcome polarisation and to fully adhere to the CWC. The Republic of Korea Ambassador to the Netherlands called on North Korea to join the Chemical Weapons Convention. A representative of the US National Security Council accused Syria of utilising chemical weapons, and accused Russia of undermining attempted US resolutions in the United Nations. The UK Ambassador to the Netherlands defended the findings of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) probe into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry denied US claims that the Syrian government used sarin in Khan Sheikhoun, calling accusations “baseless.” The CWC entered into force in 1997. It outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and their precursors. Three UN member states (Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan) have neither signed nor acceded to the treaty.

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