Chemical weapons re-emerge as "tool of war"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Chemical weapons have re-emerged as a "tool of war," according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon’sassessment comes on the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, marked annually on 29 April.

Janie Cangelosi reports.

The UN chief said in his message to mark the annual Day of Remembrance, that instead of "being consigned to history, chemical weapons have re-emerged as a tool of war."

He said that the world has seen "painful new evidence of the suffering they inflict upon their victims," most notably in the Syrian conflict.

The Chemical Weapons Convention adopted in 1992 calls for the elimination of those weapons.

In the past year, two new States Parties have joined the Convention bringing the total to 192.

The UN says destruction of the world's declared chemical agents has risen to 90 per cent.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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