Foreign Minister attends Chemical Weapons Convention meeting
On Thursday, 27. September, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet attended a high-level meeting in New York marking the 10th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Foreign Minister Paet said that 182 is a considerable number of nations to have ratified the CWC. This exceptionally high number clearly proves that the convention is a successful means of arms control, Paet said. The Estonian Foreign Minister expressed hope that the nations that have not yet joined the convention will do so in the near future.
Paet finds it reassuring that more and more nations are adopting measures to control chemical weapons. Those nations that are still developing their methods of control should utilize international experience and co-operation in this area as much as possible, he noted.
The Foreign Minister also drew attention to the fact that member nations of the CWC must stay abreast of technological developments and prevent terrorists from accessing chemical weapons.
Estonia has been a member nation of the Chemical Weapons Convention since 25. June, 1999.