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Timo Soini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, says it is important that Finland uses all possible means to combat the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.
Timo Soini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, says it is important that Finland uses all possible means to combat the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.

 

Finland on Monday announced it has joined an international initiative to hold accountable those responsible for the use of chemical weapons.

“The use of chemical weapons is an abhorrent crime and prohibited in all circumstances. The perpetrators must be held accountable,” Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, stated in a press release.

Soini added that the international community cannot turn a blind out to an alarming upward trend in the use of chemical weapons. Finland, he stressed, must participate in combating the threat with all means possible.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs reminds in its press release that the use of chemical weapons is prohibited under both customary international law and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), a convention adopted by 192 countries prohibiting the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.

“This absolute prohibition has been challenged in an unprecedented manner – most recently in Syria,” the press release reads.

Yet, the international community currently has no common mechanism for identifying the parties responsible for the use of chemical weapons, nor has there been progress in establishing such a mechanism in the UN Security Council.

The International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons was established in Paris in 2017 with a view to collecting and sharing information to help to bring those responsible for chemical weapons use to justice, to support the adoption of sanctions in response to chemical weapons use, and to serve as a forum for formulating common positions on the issue.

Finland’s participation in the partnership is consistent with its long-standing support for the CWC and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), according to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Over two dozen countries from all continents have already joined the global initiative.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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