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OPCW commemorates 1987 chemical weapons attack on Sardasht
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TEHRAN – Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director General Ahmet Uzumcu issued a statement on Saturday on behalf of the OPCW to commemorate the chemical weapons attack on Sardasht in 1987.
 
On June 28, 1987, the warplanes of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime dropped sulfur mustard gas bombs on four residential areas of Sardasht, a town in northwestern Iran. As a result, over 130 innocent civilians were martyred and about 5000 were injured and experienced lifelong health problems. The anniversary of this tragedy is commemorated in Iran as the National Day for the Campaign against Chemical and Biological Weapons.      
 
Following is the text of the OPCW director general’s statement: 
 
Today is a solemn day of remembrance for the people of Sardasht. On this day, 27 years ago, the peaceful residents of this town were subjected to an atrocity involving the use of chemical weapons.
 
On behalf of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to the authorities and people of Sardasht for those who suffered and perished as a result of this horrendous attack. Many of the victims continue to bear the painful consequences of exposure to chemical weapons.
 
The memory of this atrocity further unites us in our condemnation of chemical weapons and in our mission to ban them forever. We are close to achieving a world free of chemical weapons. It is our shared responsibility to ensure the success of the Chemical Weapons Convention in the years ahead, including achieving universal adherence.
 
This is the best way for the international community to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again, and to honor the memory of the victims of Sardasht and other attacks using these barbarous weapons.
 
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