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Investigations of alleged use of chemical weapons should be conducted strictly in accordance with the provisions of the CWC: India at OPCW special session

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 05, Apr 2018, 17:48 pm IST | UPDATED: 11, Apr 2018, 8:37 am IST

Investigations of alleged use of chemical weapons should be conducted strictly in accordance with the provisions of the CWC: India at OPCW special session The Hague: India has stated that all investigations of alleged use of chemical weapons should be conducted strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It has also urged that all provisions of the Convention be utilized to address concerns in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Convention, so as to reach evidence based conclusions.

The above statement was made by Ambassador and PR to OPCW, Mr. Venu Rajamony at the special session of the Executive Council of OPCW convened at the request of Russia to discuss the Salisbury incident. In his intervention, Ambassador Venu Rajamony said India has taken note of the allegations about the recent use of chemical weapons in the United Kingdom. Any use of chemical weapons is in complete disregard of humanity, and is reprehensible and contrary to the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention as well as accepted international legal norms. India is against the use of chemical weapons anywhere, at any time, by anybody, under any circumstances.

The CWC is a unique non-discriminatory multilateral instrument which continues to serve as a model disarmament treaty.  It is important to maintain the credibility and integrity of the Convention.  India, as all other countries, should await the outcome of the investigation, he said.

Full text of the Statement by Ambassador Venu Rajamony, Permanent Representative of India to the OPCW at the 57th Meeting of the Executive Council, 4 April 2018

Thank you, Mr. Chairman for giving me the floor.

India has taken note of the allegations about the recent use of chemical weapons in the United Kingdom. Any use of chemical weapons is in complete disregard of humanity, and is reprehensible and contrary to the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention as well as accepted international legal norms. India is against the use of chemical weapons anywhere, at any time, by anybody, under any circumstances.

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is a unique non-discriminatory multilateral instrument which continues to serve as a model disarmament treaty.  It is important to maintain the credibility and integrity of the Convention. India has, therefore, maintained that all investigations of alleged use of chemical weapons should be conducted strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Convention. We also urge that all provisions of the Convention be utilised to address concerns in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Convention, so as to reach evidence based conclusions. India, as all other countries, should await the outcome of the investigation.

Mr. Chairman, I request that this Statement be circulated as an official document of this session and posted on the OPCW’s public website.

Thank you.
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