SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES ‘POSITIVE OUTCOME’ OF FIFTH REVIEW CONFERENCE OF BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION

15 November 2002
SG/SM/8497

SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES ‘POSITIVE OUTCOME’ OF FIFTH REVIEW CONFERENCE OF BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION

15/11/2002
Press Release
SG/SM/8497


SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES ‘POSITIVE OUTCOME’ OF FIFTH REVIEW CONFERENCE


OF BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION


The following statement was issued today by the Office of the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:


The Secretary-General welcomes the positive outcome of the resumed session of the Fifth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention, which concluded its work today in Geneva.


The Conference decided to hold annual meetings of the States Parties in the next three years leading to the 2006 Review Conference, to address national measures to implement the Biological Weapons Convention and to control dangerous pathogens, as well as better international response to, and investigation of, the alleged use of biological weapons, and improved surveillance of infectious diseases.


These agreed steps constitute an encouraging development in the process of strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention.


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