Use of chemical weapons anywhere must be condemned: India at UN General Assembly

At the UN, India has called on the international community to be vigilant on non-state actors and terrorist groups seeking and using chemical weapons.

hidden October 23, 2015 10:12:15 IST
Use of chemical weapons anywhere must be condemned: India at UN General Assembly

United Nations: India has called on the international community to be vigilant on non-state actors and terrorist groups seeking and using chemical weapons and said the use of such weapons anywhere and by anyone must be condemned.

"The use of chemical weapons anywhere and by anyone must be condemned and the international norm against the use of chemical weapons must not be breached," visiting Member of Parliament Abhishek Banerjee said at a debate on weapons of mass destruction at the First Committee of the General Assembly here on Thursday.

Use of chemical weapons anywhere must be condemned India at UN General Assembly

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He said India contributed to international efforts under the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the destruction of Syria's declared chemical weapon stockpiles.

"The international community should continue to be vigilant on non-state actors and terrorist groups seeking or using chemical weapons," he added.

India completed the destruction of its chemical weapon stockpiles in 2009 within the stipulated time frame under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The provisions of the Convention should be implemented in a manner that does not hinder legitimate activities, especially in countries like India with a large and growing chemical industry, Banerjee said.

He voiced India's commitment to improving the effectiveness of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and strengthening its implementation and its universalising.

"We believe this is necessary in view of the new challenges to international peace and security emanating from proliferation trends, including the threat posed by terrorists or other non-state actors seeking access to biological agents or toxins for terrorist purposes," he said.

He reiterated India's commitment to maintaining the highest international standards with reference to control of nuclear, chemical, biological and toxin weapons and their means of delivery.

"In this regard, India has made considerable progress in its engagement with the relevant multilateral export control regimes with a view to seeking full membership," he said.

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