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Secretary-General Receives Letter from Syrian Government Informing Him President
Has Signed Legislative Decree for Accession to Chemical Weapons Convention
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General has today received a letter from the Government of Syria, informing him that President [Bashar] al-Assad has signed the legislative decree providing for the accession of Syria to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction of 1992. In their letter, the Syrian authorities have expressed their commitment to observe the obligations entailed by the Convention, even before its entry into force for Syria.
The Secretary-General welcomes this development, noting that, as depository of the Convention, he has long called for universal accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Given recent events, he hopes that the current talks in Geneva will lead to speedy agreement on a way forward which will be endorsed and assisted by the international community.
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