Myanmar joins the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

7 August 2015
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Myanmar today became the 191st State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), as the Convention entered into force for the country.

“Myanmar’s accession brings the CWC closer to universal adherence and to achieving a world free of chemical weapons. The Convention continues to be the singular multilateral instrument for chemical disarmament, and its universal acceptance is an absolute priority for the OPCW. It is essential that the States still outside the CWC join as soon as possible,” said the OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü.

The number of States not Party to the Convention is now reduced to five, namely Angola, Egypt, Israel, North Korea and South Sudan.

Myanmar deposited its instrument of ratification to the CWC on 8 July 2015, with the Convention entering into force 30 days following this step.