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121 states agree to support victims of chemical weapons

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Feb 16, IRNA -- The Non-Alignment Movement and China on Wednesday welcomed Iran’s proposal to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to set an international network to support the victims of chemical weapons.

Cuban envoy representing NAM and China read out a statement supporting Iran’s proposal during the 63rd session of the Executive Council of the organization in The Hague, the Netherlands.

NAM is an intergovernmental organization of states considering themselves not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc.

The statement said that NAM’s 120 member states and China believe that the establishment of a network to support the victims of chemical weapons is a humanitarian obligation.

The proposal was made by the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 15th conference of member states, IRNA said.

Describing the weapons of mass destruction as a threat to the international peace and security, the statement underlined NAM’s frim stance on the full disarmament of chemical weapons in a bid to create an effective control system in the world.

NAM also expressed concern over the performance of the US and Russia which own chemical weapons and have declared that they would not be able to destroy the chemical weapons stocks be the end of April 2012.

The US and Russia’s refusal to destroy the chemical weapons is a serious challenge to the Convention banning chemical weapons.

The 63rd three-day session of OPCW opened in its seat in The Hague on February 15.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an Intergovernmental organization, located in The Hague, Netherlands. The organization promotes and verifies the adherence to the Convention banning Chemical Weapons which prohibits of the use of chemical weapons and requires dismantling WMDs.

Iran, as a greatest victim of the chemical weapons used by Iraq during the imposed war, is an active member of the organization.

Even after the verification of Saddam’s use of chemical weapons against Iran, the US prevented the United Nations from bringing criminal charges against the then Baghdad puppet regime in 1980s.

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