The victims of chemical weapons have been remembered at the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at The Hague.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the annual remembrance day on April 28, Director-General of the Dutch Foreign Ministry's Europeans Affairs Robert de Groot expressed hope that with the annihilation of chemical weapons in the world, tragic incidents similar to what happened during 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war could be prevented.
OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said that the international community should learn from the tragic outcomes of using chemical weapons and try to prevent the repetition of such tragedies.
During the event, wreaths were placed at the Permanent Memorial at OPCW headquarters, and a statement was delivered on behalf of Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations.
The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) approved on April 29, 1997 aims to eliminate entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties.