Iran has been victim of chemical weapons and global silence, envoy says

April 6, 2018 - 21:17

Alireza Jahangiri, Iran’s representative at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has said that Iran has not only been the main victim of chemical weapons, but also a victim of global silence.

“Last but not least, while naming some member states as the victims of chemical weapons, my delegation is deeply disappointed to face some statements in which the deletion of the name of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the main victim of contemporary use of chemical weapons, has deliberately or inadvertently occurred,” he said during a speech at the 57th meeting of the OPCW executive council in Vienna.

Following is full text of his speech published by IRNA:

The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, any time, and under any circumstances and those responsible for such act as well as their supporters must be held accountable.

We do believe that this Organization is empowered to deal with any allegations of use of chemical weapons through a robust verification regime. In this connection, both Articles IX and XIV request the Member States to consider any matter through the existing mechanism in the Convention. Therefore, we are of the view that the defined procedure in the Convention could apply to the “Salisbury Incident” too. The Islamic Republic of Iran as an active State Party to the Convention believes that politicization of any issue in the context of the CWC is not in favor of States Parties and endangers the credibility of the OPCW. There is no doubt that the fact will emerge in future and the ambiguity will fade away.

It is highly expected that the States Parties in any suspicious case which deserves to be considered by the OPCW, present their concrete documents to assist the Organization on its work in making the case clear. It is obvious that following of this approach will certainly help us to avoid prejudgment and accusation towards other States Parties.

I would like to add my voice to other delegations who have associated themselves with the draft decision presented by delegation of the People’s Republic of China and Russian Federation.

Last but not least, while naming some member states as the victims of chemical weapons, my delegation is deeply disappointed to face some statements in which the deletion of the name of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the main victim of contemporary use of chemical weapons, has deliberately or inadvertently occurred. Twenty-one years after the entry into force of the Convention, I should regretfully say that the Islamic republic of Iran has not only been the main victim of the use of chemical weapons, but also the victim of world silence.

In closing, Mr. Chairperson, may I request that this statement to be circulated as an official statement of the Fifty-Seventh Meeting of the Executive Council and be posted on both the external and public website.

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