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Chemical Weapons - Convention: India's Stand

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW)- This is an intergovernmental organization and responsible for the implementation of the Chemical Weapon Convention. The convention was signed in 1997 and the seat is at Hauge, Netherlands. OPCW is an independent organization working in close association of United Nations. There are following different working areas of the organization in matters of chemical weapons-    
1.      Demilitarization
2.      Non - Proliferation
3.      Assistance and  protection
4.      International Cooperation
5.      National Implementation
                                                                                                               


UK proposed – to consider empowering the OPWC to identify the organization or government responsible for chemical attacks in addition to its existing power of carrying out the investigation into such cases.

OPCW has granted itself new powers to assign blame for attacks, despite protests by Russia. Until now, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) could only say whether chemical weapons were used – but not who had used them.

India’s Stand on Convention on Chemical Weapon Convention - India supported the convention yet voted against it, India wanted constructive mechanism. India asked for consensus of all the parties. Unity is on goal but there are differences of opinion how to achieve the goals.
- India wanted impartial implementation of the convention
- India claimed that decision violates the chemical weapons conventions finely crafted balance and instead gives unchecked powers to the OPCW DG.