India expressed concern over new allegations on use of chemical weapons

Vastavam web: India has expressed concern over new allegations on the use of chemical weapons in different parts of the world and called for bringing to justice the perpetrators of such abhorrent acts.Ambassador Venu Rajamony also said that India is worried about the reports of the so-called Islamic State’ or ISIS acquiring chemical weapons and their delivery systems, according to the statement issued at the 87th session of the Executive Council (EC) of the Organisation of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Rajamony, who is the Permanent Representative of India to Organisation of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said it has been India’s consistent position that the use of chemical weapons anywhere, at any time, by anybody, under any circumstances, cannot be justified and the perpetrators of such abhorrent acts must be held accountable.”India views the Chemical Weapons Convention as a unique, non-discriminatory disarmament instrument which serves as a model for the elimination of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. Our efforts in the OPCW should help to eliminate all possibilities of any future use of chemical weapons, so that we can reach the shared goal of a world free of chemical weapons,” Rajamony said yesterday.

“Emergence of non-state actors and the threat of acquisition and use of chemical weapons by them further complicate the situation. This calls for greater and continued vigilance as well as renewed efforts towards enhancing the adaptive capacity for the organisation,” Rajamony said.He said destruction of chemical weapons is the most important undertaking made by every state party to the convention.Under the vigilant eyes of this organisation, over 96 per cent of chemical weapon stockpiles declared by possessor states have been eliminated, he said.