Jakarta: The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres has called for renewed determination to eliminate chemical weapons from the world.
In a message commemorating the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, on Monday, the UN Secretary-General said that the use of such weapons is intolerable and a serious violation of international law.
"The use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anyone, under any circumstances, is intolerable and a serious violation of international law," he said.
"Let's honour the victims of chemical warfare by pledging to consign these dreadful weapons to the pages of history," he added.
In addition, he also underscored that impunity for use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.
The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is observed each year on 30 November or, when appropriate, the first day of the regular session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention.
In addition to paying tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, the Day urges countries to exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons through the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention
According to the OPCW, the implementing body of the Convention, over 98 per cent of all chemical weapon stockpiles declared by possessor States have been destroyed under OPCW verification.