UN chief calls on all countries to be part of chemical weapons treaty

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Third Review Conference of the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague. UN Photo/ Rick Bajornas

The eight countries that remain outside the Convention that prohibits the use of chemical weapons have once again been urged to join the rest of the international community without further delay.

The call has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his address to the Third Review Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention taking place in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Secretary-General Ban identified the countries that remain outside the Convention as Angola, North Korea, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria.

He commended the countries that have declared their possession of chemical weapons and live up to their commitment to eliminating them.

Mr. Ban said he was honoured to be the first UN Secretary-General to address a review meeting of the landmark treaty banning chemical weapons.

He told participants that he was in The Hague to extend the full support of the United Nations to the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

He urged all countries to work together "to ensure that the fog of war will never again be composed of poison gas."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'11"

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