Chemical weapons in Syria a reminder that disarmament must continue

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has urged an international disarmament conference to work at overcoming the impasse that has stalled its programme of work.

He said the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria was a stark reminder of the need to confront the dangers of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.

Addressing the opening session of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, the Secretary-General cited the Chemical Weapons Convention as a shining legacy of the conference and urged member states to overcome their differences and help build a safer world.

"The abhorrent use of chemical weapons was a stark reminder of the need to confront the dangers of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. We cannot wait for new catastrophes to act. We must face the realities of the 21st century. The Conference on Disarmament can be a driving force for building a safer world and a better future. That is its very mission. As you all know, I have placed disarmament and non-proliferation as a leading priority on the United Nations agenda. A functional machinery can and must contribute substantially to international peace and security. Savings in weaponry can contribute to development and improve global well-being. Your work can make a significant contribution as the international community strives hard to achieve Millennium Development Goals and craft a solid post-2015 development agenda."

The Conference on Disarmament (CD) was established in 1979 as multilateral forum to negotiate arms control and disarmament agreements.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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