Safety and security of everyone is at stake with WMDs: Ban

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Special Commission Team verifies Iraq’s destruction of chemical weapons. UN Photo/H Arvidsson

The use of poison gas in Syria is an alarming reminder of the continuing threat of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction, according to the UN Secretary-General.

A report by UN investigators found that on 21 August last year, chemical weapons were used in the Ghouta area of Damascus.

There were numerous casualties, including children.

Ban Ki-moon made the remarks on Monday on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Security Council resolution 1540.

The 2004 resolution requires Governments to prevent non-State actors or terrorists from acquiring, proliferating and using nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

"I appeal to all States and other key actors to intensify efforts to stop the proliferation of these devastating weapons. The safety and security of everyone is at stake. Weapons of mass destruction have no constructive role in the modern world. There are no right hands for these modern weapons." (23″)

The day after the commemoration of the anniversary, a day of remembrance for victims of chemical warfare is celebrated.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration:  1’17″

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