Iran to unveil monument to chemical agent victims

Tehran's envoy to the Netherlands recently announced that Iran plans to dedicate a memorial to victims of chemical weapons during the 17th conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention held in The Hague.

Iran's Ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Kazem Gharibabadi said that the unveiling of the monument will be one of the most important events held during the conference, according to

Gharibabadi also announced that Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad-Mehdi Akhondzadeh will attend the CWC conference as one of Tehran's official representatives.

"Given Iran's chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement, our country's deputy foreign minister will elaborate the movement's fundamental and common stances regarding the most important international issues and developments related to this organization by reading a statement," Gharibabadi said, reports. "Last year, our country's proposal to establish an international network for supporting the victims of chemical weapons was approved during the 16th annual Conference of the State Parties."

The envoy said that the network's formal establishment will be announced during the conference. The initiative calls for the establishment of a fund to assist the medical needs of chemical weapons victims.

Tehran has said that there are at least 100,000 known Iranian victims of chemical weapons. During the Iran/Iraq War, which lasted from 1980 to 1988, Iraq deployed nerve agents, blistering agents and mixed agents against its neighbor.