Chemical demilitarization conference held in London

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is holding the 16th annual Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Conference from June 6 to 7.

The conference assesses the progress made around the globe towards the destruction of chemical weapons. It also provides an opportunity for experts to discuss their ongoing efforts to destroy chemical weapons.

"As long as there remain stockpiles of chemical weapons anywhere in the world, the task of achieving their safe and effective destruction will remain a priority for the international community," Ambassador Ahmet UzUumcU, director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said. "I welcome the important role that the Chemical Weapon Demilitarisation Conference continues to play in contributing to this goal."

This year, a hot topic in the conference will focus on the recent developments in Syria. There are rumors that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons in their fight against the rebels.

"Recent events in the Middle East have reinforced that the seven states which have not yet joined the Chemical Weapons Convention should do so, and that all those states who possess chemical weapons should destroy them as soon as practicable," Andrew Robathan, the U.K.'s armed forces minister, said.

The conferences have been held annually for the past 15 years, beginning shortly after the Chemical Weapons Convention came into being. This year, there will be delegates from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons coming from the countries of the USA, Japan, the People's Republic of China, Germany and several other countries.