Argentina commemorates centenary of first chemical weapon use

The Argentinian government held a commemoration ceremony for the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons during the First World War, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Thursday.

This ceremony took place April 22 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Commerce and Cult in Buenos Aires. During the event, the Ieper Declaration was read in its entirety and "Remembering Ieper," a film, was viewed by those in attendance. Following this both officials from the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed cooperation agreements in order to ensure that the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is fully implemented in the country and that it is enforced.

Member states of the CWC released the Ieper Declaration on April 21, which states that those involved support the goal of ridding the world of chemical weapons. In the declaration they welcomed the progress that has been made since the CWC was implemented and noted the OPCW winning the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in chemical weapon elimination.

They also stressed the importance on non-party states to sign and ratify the CWC and that non-states do not attempt to obtain any chemical weapons. Strong words of condemnation were also expressed for any state that used chemical weapons in any way, and that the CWC member states would do what is possible in order to make users of these weapons accountable.

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