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Iran urges world community to eliminate chemical warfare

Tehran, April 30, IRNA-Iran strongly asked international community on Sunday to do all within its power to punish key elements of chemical crimes, eliminate chemical weapons from the face of the planet and pay proper compensations to the victims or their families.

In a statement on the occasion of the Day for Remembrance of All Victims of Chemical Weapons (April 29), Iran's Foreign Ministry welcomed the move to mark a day for commemorating victims of chemical weapons worldwide.

The statement, a copy of which was sent to IRNA, stressed that Iran, with more than 100,000 victims from Iraqi chemical attacks (1980-1988), has suffered much from chemical weapons of the contemporary world.

"The world community is heavily indebted to Iranians for ignoring chemical crimes of Saddam Hussein's regime during Iraq's eight years of imposed war against Iran and for their indifference to sufferings of Iranian chemically injured civilians.

The contemporary world could have not experienced massacre of thousands of innocent civilians by fatal chemical warfare, if the big powers, Western states in particular, had not turned blind eye to Saddam's crimes and have instead been a real advocate of humanity," the statement added.

It referred to Tehran's active cooperation in negotiations led in formulation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as its positive role in meetings of the Organization for Prohibiting Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The CWC was singed in January 1993 in Paris, France, and became an international law on April 29, 1997. It bans development, production, stockpiling and use of the chemical weapons by every state.

The statement also called for legal action against all those involved in the chemical crimes as well as their supporters.

It lauded efforts made by non-governmental organizations for the support they have extended to the Iranian victims of chemical warfare and expressed readiness to cooperate with them on following up the legal and political rights of the victims through international tribunals.

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