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OPCW Director-General Praises Iran's Efforts against Chemical Weapons.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ahmet Uzumcu lauded the efforts made by Iran, as an active member of the OPCW, to materialize the goals and objectives of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

"Iran is a highly active and effective member of the OPCW," Uzumcu said in a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh and Iran's Envoy to the OPCW Kazzem Qaribabadi in Hague, the Netherlands, on Monday.

During the meeting, Akhoundzadeh underlined Iran's commitment to its undertakings based on the CWC, and said, "We as the biggest victim of chemical weapons along with the international community want a world free from the threat, production and use of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), including the chemical weapons."

Iran is now one of the 41 members of the OPCW Executive Council.

Iran has always stressed the urgent need for the dismantlement of the WMDs, including chemical weapons, as it has been a victim of such weapons.

Tens of thousands of Iranians were killed and wounded by chemical weapons during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).

Around 100,000 Iranians are still living with the effects, which include long-term respiratory problems, eye and skin problems as well as immune system disorders, psychological disorders, genetic disorders and cancers.

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Date:Nov 27, 2012
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