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Wednesday, 04 April 2018

Sudan Membership to Chemical Weapons Watchdog Renewed

(SMC) - Sudan’s membership to the Executive Committee of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

was renewed during the twentieth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which recently took place in The Hague, Netherlands.
OPCW is the fastest growing international disarmament organisation in history. The United Nations has called upon all States to join the CWC and to rid the world of the threat chemical weapons pose to international security. With 192 States Parties having committed to eliminating chemical weapons and preventing any return to chemical warfare, the Convention has achieved near-universal status.
Sudan has been a member of the OPCW since 1999.
Undersecretary of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry Ambassador Abdul Ghani al-Naeem said the renewal of Sudan’s membership for a second term is as a strong position, and a clear message in favor of achieving peace and development in Darfur.
He said in a press statement on Sunday that the renewal of membership in the executive board to the highest competent authority to chemical weapons in the world is a strong response to Amnesty International’s allegation that aimed to sow discord and fuel conflict, about the alleged use of these weapons in Darfur.
Last September Amnesty International alleged that Sudan’s government used chemical weapons on its civilians on Darfur but Sudan’s government proved it’s a fabricated claim, and discovered that the Amnesty fabricated images and reports to condemn Sudan.
The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) had strongly refuted accusations of use of chemical weapons by the Sudanese Armed Forces at Jebel Mara areas in Darfur.
This is part of the usual propaganda campaign against Sudan which has been going on for many years, and the AI attempted to create more unfounded allegations using satellite fabricated images and maps,’’ NISS has said