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Nations urged to ‘banish evil of chemical arms’ | The Times of Israel

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Global leaders on Wednesday urged all nations to help “banish forever the evil of chemical weapons,” as the world’s watchdog warned that decades-long progress toward eliminating them was under threat.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, shakes hands with OPCW Turkish director-general Ahmet Uzumcu, after unveiling a commemorative plaque during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the founding of the global chemical arms watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in The Hague, April 26, 2017. (AFP/ANP/Lex van Lieshout)

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, shakes hands with OPCW Turkish director-general Ahmet Uzumcu, after unveiling a commemorative plaque during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the founding of the global chemical arms watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in The Hague, April 26, 2017. (AFP/ANP/Lex van Lieshout)

UN chief Antonio Guterres led praise at a solemn ceremony in The Hague for the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to mark the agency’s 20th anniversary.

So far some 95 percent of the world’s declared stockpiles of such arms have been destroyed by the OPCW.

And its dangerous, painstaking work to implement the April 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention won it the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

But amid reports of sarin, mustard and chlorine gas attacks unleashed during the bitter civil war in Syria, Guterres warned that despite “two decades of success… progress is under threat.”

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