G8 issues statement on non-proliferation 16 Jul 2006
On 16 July 2006, the G8 issued a statement on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and referred to the work of the OPCW.

On 16 July 2006, during its meeting in St Petersburg, the G8 issued a statement on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and referred to the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The G8 expressed its joint determination to fulfil arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation obligations and commitments under relevant international treaties, conventions and multilaterally agreed arrangements to which the nations are parties, or in which the eight nations participate. They also called on all other states to meet their obligations and commitments in full and called on all states not Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to accede to this treaty without delay.

The G8 stated that it continued its full support of the implementation of the CWC. They noted the increasing number of States Parties to the CWC and acknowledged the value of the OPCW and their Action Plan on national implementation measures.

The Chemical Weapons Convention is an international treaty which bans the development, production, stockpiling, transfer and use of chemical weapons, and also stipulates their timely destruction. The Convention entered into force in 1997 and mandated the OPCW, established in The Hague, to eliminate the scourge of chemical weapons forever and to verify the destruction of the declared chemical weapons stockpiles within stipulated deadlines.

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