Global interest in preventing use of weapons of mass destruction

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Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The world shares a common interest in preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction, according to the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General.

Jan Eliasson made the comments at the 10th anniversary of a Security Council resolution that aims to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Eliasson recognized that in its first ten years, the resolution accomplished a great deal, with over 30,000 measures reportedly taken against nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

He said the successes are only part of the story, and recalled the use of chemical armaments in Syria.

” There have also been setbacks and disappointments, including the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria. However, through vigorous diplomatic and administrative action, and by agreement, over 90 per cent of Syria's chemical weapons have been removed from the country even as the conflict has continued and partly intensified.”

The Deputy Secretary-General reiterated the importance of every country implementing the resolution, saying that terrorists and traffickers tend to target countries which have less capacity to monitor or control arms.

He also said there are "no right hands for wrong weapons".

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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