NATO welcomes 20th anniversary of Chemical Weapons Convention
NATO welcomed the 20th anniversary of the Convention on Chemical Weapons on Saturday (29 April 2017), in a letter from Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Mr Stoltenberg praised the OPCW’s work, noting that 94% of all declared chemical weapons worldwide have been eliminated under their monitoring over the past 20 years, with the remainder to be destroyed within six years.<!IoRangePreExecute>
While welcoming progress, Secretary General Stoltenberg also stressed that “the job is far from done”, pointing to recent attacks in Syria and Iraq as evidence that some states and non-state actors are still prepared to use chemical weapons “to inflict barbaric harm”.
Mr Stoltenberg reiterated Allies’ strong support for the global non-proliferation regime and thanked the OPCW for its “vital contribution to peace and stability” in uncertain times.