OPCW has greatly strengthened the rule of law in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Photo Date: 08/04/2013)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for being awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

In a message to the Organisation, the Secretary-General noted that this recognition occurs nearly 100 years after the first chemical attack – and 50 days after the appalling use of chemical weapons in Syria. He said far from being a relic of the past, chemical weapons remain a clear and present danger.

” Tragically the threat of chemical weapons remains a clear and present danger. The OPCW has a specific task to eliminate the chemical weapons and prevent them from ever re-emerging. We must work together to prevent the chemical weapons. Like the United Nations, the mission of OPCW was born from a fundamental abhorrence at the atrocities of war. OPCW and the United Nations have been working hand in hand to prevent and eliminate chemical weapons.”

But, the Secretary-General adds, progress in achieving the total destruction of chemical weapons must be complemented by efforts to gain universal adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention. And he urged all countries to sign, ratify and implement it without further delay.

He concludes "Together, we must ensure that the fog of war will never again be composed of poison gas."

Duration: 1’32″

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