Green Cross Calls for Ban on Chemical Weapons in Syria

Last week, a UN commission announced that chemical agents have been used in Syria in recent months. Paulo Pinheiro, who chairs the UN commission of inquiry on Syria, stated in a news conference in Geneva on 4 June 2013 that investigators had examined four reported toxic chemical attacks in March and April. GCI condemns the use of any weapons of mass destruction and urges all parties to rerain from any more use of chemical weapons. Green Cross also urges Syria to join the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and declare its chemical weapons stockpiles. “It’s time now, sixteen years after the CWC’s entry into force in 1997, that these few remaining holdout countries join the global rule of law against a whole class of deadly, inhumane, and indiscriminate weapons of mass destruction,” said Dr. Paul Walker, director of GCI’s Environmental Security and Sustainability program.

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