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UAE calls for stronger int'l cooperation on non-restricted use of chemicals

posted on 10/04/2008: 1034 views

THE HAGUE - The United Arab Emirates has called the international community to further boost cooperation on the use of chemicals for non-restricted purposes. It further appealed to countries that have not yet ratified the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (CWC) to join international efforts to eventually make the convention a real guarantee for international security and stability.

The UAE calls were made on Wednesday by its Ambassador to the Netherlands Ali Thani Al Suwaidi who heads the UAE delegation to the Second Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention which is being held in The Hague at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The UAE further called all states which are party to the Convention to shoulder their financial responsibilities towards the convention.

At the conference, the UAE voiced its total commitment to the provisions of the Convention which Al Suwaidi is based on the conviction that weapons of mass destruction are still posing dangers to the international security and stability as well as on its support to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) which calls for disassembling and destruction of chemical stockpiles by the year 2012.

Briefing the conference on the steps taken by the UAE as part of its obligations to the Convention, the head of the UAE delegation cited the UAE Federal Law No. 40 for 2006 which bans the production, storage and use of any chemical weapons. The said law specifies chemicals that are banned by the Convention.

Al Suwaidi said the UAE also enacted a new law controlling the import and export of strategic and dual-use commodities as part of its obligation to the Convention. The new law, he explained, also orders the establishment of the National Commission for Commodities Subject to Import, Export and Re-export Control. The National Commission. The commission will be tasked with "cooperating and coordinating with relevant authorities on the rules introduced to control imports and exports in compliance with the new law" and "will also provide technical advice to federal and local bodies to ensure the enforcement provisions" of the law are applied.

"The OPCW has succeeded in shutting down the 65 chemical plants declared by countries that are party to the Convention. It has also destroyed a third of the 8.6 million chemical rounds it had disassembled during 3000 inspections on civil and military complexes in 80 countries. CWC has made confident steps forward pushing the number of CWC States Parties to 181 up from 151 in 2003 when OPCW's First Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention was held, remarked Al Suwaidi – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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