ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The African Union (AU) on
Tuesday released a statement congratulating on the
successful removal of remaining chemical weapons in Libya.
commends the efforts of the Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Libyan
authorities to realize the removal of the precursors
chemicals on Aug. 27.
Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, expressed
her relief in the statement at the timely removal of the
chemicals, “particularly in light of the current situation
in the country and the risk that such material could fall
into the hands of non-state actors and terrorist groups.”
She has also
expressed thanks to the members of the international
community that have provided technical expertise,
operational support and financial resources.
underscored that the milestone demonstrates how the
international community, through a strong partnership and
a sense of collective responsibility, can work
collaboratively and constructively in countering the risk
of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Chairperson seized the opportunity to call on remaining
states non-party to the Chemical Weapons Convention to
join it without delay as a key step towards achieving a
world free of weapons of mass destruction.
the statement, the 38th Ordinary Session of the
Organization of African Unity, held in Durban in 2002,
adopted a decision in which it expressed its commitment
to, and called for the universality of, the Chemical
The AU Commission and the OPCW subsequently signed a
memorandum of understanding in 2006 and have been working
towards achieving the universality and full implementation
of the convention in Africa.