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Pakistan reiterates commitment to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Islamabad -- Pakistan has reiterated commitment to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and to take required steps to prevent any misuse of toxic chemicals and promoting peaceful uses of chemistry.

Pakistan has also announced establishment of a Regional Assistance and Protection Centre in Islamabad in cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

While reading out national statement at the Third Review Conference on Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) being held in Hague (Holland) the leader of Pakistan's delegation Additional Foreign Secretary, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said that Pakistan had reiterated commitment to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and to take required steps to prevent any misuse of toxic chemicals and promoting peaceful uses of chemistry.

He added that Pakistan had also announced establishment of a Regional Assistance and Protection Centre in Islamabad in cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Chaudhry said that Pakistan was an active member of OPCW and had been consistently elected on the Executive Council of the Organization since 1998 and Coordinator for Asian State Parties since 2004.

In addition to fulfilling its obligations towards CWC, Pakistan has developed indigenous assistance and protection capability meeting international standards, to respond to chemical emergencies and ensure chemical safety and security. Numerous International Assistance and Protection courses have also been arranged in Pakistan on behalf of OPCW.

The Review Conference was attended by United Nations Secretary General who stressed on the need to concert efforts to create a world free of chemical weapons. The focus of discussion at the Conference is on the future priorities of the OPCW as the total destruction of Chemical Weapons stockpile by major possessor states nears completion.

Pakistan's delegation is constructively contributing to the deliberations of the Conference. Pakistan's delegation also held meetings with the Director General of OPCW and key State Parties to promote cooperation between Pakistan and OPCW.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Apr 10, 2013
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