Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director General
Ahmet Uzumcu issued a statement on Saturday on behalf of the OPCW to
commemorate the chemical weapons attack on Sardasht in 1987.
Following is the text of the OPCW director general’s statement:
Today is a solemn day of remembrance for the people of Sardasht. On this
day, 27 years ago, the peaceful residents of this town were subjected to
an atrocity involving the use of chemical weapons.
On behalf of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW), I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to the authorities and
people of Sardasht for those who suffered and perished as a result of this
horrendous attack. Many of the victims continue to bear the painful
consequences of exposure to chemical weapons.
The memory of this atrocity further unites us in our condemnation of
chemical weapons and in our mission to ban them forever. We are close to
achieving a world free of chemical weapons. It is our shared
responsibility to ensure the success of the Chemical Weapons Convention in
the years ahead, including achieving universal adherence.
This is the best way for the international community to prevent such
tragedies from ever happening again, and to honor the memory of the
victims of Sardasht and other attacks using these barbarous weapons.
Source: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
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