Myanmar ratifies chemical weapons ban

Myanmar ratified the international convention banning chemical weapons at a ceremony attended by Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin in The Hague on July 8, reports said.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement that Myanmar would become its 191st member nation when ratification took effect in 30 days.

“Myanmar is committed to fulfilling its obligations under the convention and looks forward to cooperating with other states parties to bring about a world completely free of chemical weapons,” U Wunna Maung Lwin said in a statement after the ceremony, Reuters reported.

OPCW director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said Myanmar’s membership would “significantly strengthen global prohibition against chemical weapons, especially in Asia,” the Associated Press reported.

The OPCW, based in the Dutch capital, said ratification by Myanmar leaves only five nations yet to join the convention — Angola, Egypt, Israel, North Korea and South Sudan.

Support more independent journalism like this. Sign up to be a Frontier member.

The OPCW won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for its efforts to rid Syria of its stockpile of chemical weapons.

More stories

Latest Issue

Stories in this issue
Myanmar enters 2021 with more friends than foes
The early delivery of vaccines is one of the many boons of the country’s geopolitics, but to really take advantage, Myanmar must bury the legacy of its isolationist past.
Will the Kayin BGF go quietly?
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.

Support our independent journalism and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content and analysis

Stay on top of Myanmar current affairs with our Daily Briefing and Media Monitor newsletters.

Sign up for our Frontier Fridays newsletter. It’s a free weekly round-up featuring the most important events shaping Myanmar