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UAE reiterates its commitment to Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

posted on 01/12/2010: 852 views

The Hague - UAE reiterated today its full commitment to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Addressing the Fifteenth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, UAE ambassador to Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ali Thani Al Suwaidi said that UAE's total adherence to the Convention and its contents stems from the country's faith that the weapons of mass destruction pose danger to international peace and security.

Al Suwaidi is heading the UAE delegation to the 15th Session of the Conference which opened on Monday at the World Forum Convention Centre (WFCC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

He noted that the UAE issued Federal Law No.40 /Year 2006 on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and defined a set of banned substances in accordance with the provisions of the Convention. The law also stipulated a set of penalties for violation of its provisions, Al Suwaidi added.

Later in 2009 the UAE issued Federal Law No.12 amending certain articles of the Federal Law No. 40 of 2006 in order to ensure the country's better implementation of its commitments to the Convention, he explained.

Al Suwaidi also shed light on a number of regulatory and executive initiatives and the steps taken by the UAE in the context of fulfilling their obligations under the Convention.

Earlier in a message to the Conference, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and its member States make an important contribution to that quest of eliminating all weapons of mass destruction by ensuring full and effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The Convention remains an effective, comprehensive and non-discriminatory legal instrument to verify both the destruction of existing stockpiles of chemical weapons and the prevention of their proliferation, Ban Ki-moon said.

"The spirit of cooperation and consensus that characterises the work of the OPCW shows how diverse national interests can be reconciled in the pursuit of a worthy common end", he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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