OPCW issues 100-year declaration on chemical weapons

Director-General, Ahmet Üzümcü (right) presents the Ieper Declaration to the Mayor of Ieper, the Hon. Mr Jan Durnez on 21 April 2015, at the commemoration of the centenary of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons. | Courtesy of OPCW
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Tuesday issued a declaration that further cements its commitment to efforts against chemical weapons on the 100th anniversary of their first large-scale, wartime use.

On April 22, 1915, chlorine gas killed or injured thousands of soldiers near Ypres, Belgium, and it was widely used after that throughout the war. The use of chemical armaments was banned internationally by the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, a treaty all but six nations have signed.

“The Ypres Declaration serves to bolster what is now a longstanding global norm against chemical weapons," OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said. "It will guide our efforts as we hasten progress towards a world truly free of chemical weapons.”

The Ypres Declaration also aims to make those who violate the chemical weapons ban and those responsible for their development and use accountable.

Other centennial events by the OPCW included the unveiling of a plaque that was dedicated to victims of chemical warfare during World War I.

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