Chemical Weapons (CWC)

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Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (Chemical Weapons Convention - CWC of 1992), entered into force in 1997.   Six States have notified their stocks of chemical weapons. About one third of the stocks have been destroyed and the rest should be destroyed by 2012. The stocks of chemical weapons held by States that are not Parties to the convention are not known. It is important for international security that all remaining chemical weapons be destroyed. The CWC is the first convention that provides for the elimination of a whole category of weapons of mass destructin (WMD) controlled by an international agency. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague (OPCW) is responsible for the implementation of the Convention.  

Iceland is a State Party to the Convention and encourages all States to accede to it.


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