India is against use of chemical weapons: Venu Rajamony

India is against use of chemical weapons: Venu Rajamony

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The Hague (Netherlans): India has voted against the draft decision on addressing the threat from chemical weapons use at a special conference of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, citing "incomplete consultations".

Speaking at the conference, India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OPCW, Venu Rajamony, said the country is against the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances and believes those who indulge in such "abhorrent acts" must be held accountable.

"We have studied this draft very carefully and have consulted widely including with the drafters and the main co-sponsors of the draft decision. However we believe that on an issue of such grave importance, the consultations conducted by the sponsors remain incomplete. It has been India's view that the draft decision of such far reaching importance and implications should be the end result of a comprehensive and extensive consultation," he said, explaining India's vote on the draft decision on 'Addressing the Threat from Chemical Weapons Use'.

"As our concerns have not been addressed by the draft decision, India has decided to vote against the draft decision," Rajamony said.

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