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A CASE FOR OPCW – By Sunday Oyinloye

There is no better time than now for the world to unite against threat of chemical weapon. Never has the world been gripped with the fear of unknown than it is currently experiencing. The reason for this is understandable. There have been accusations and counter accusations about the use of chemical weapon in the prolonged Syrian war.

While the Bashar al- Asad regime has consistently denied the use of chemical weapon against his people,the international community and rebel groups have accused him of not only using chemical weapon, but also of gross massacre of his own people. Indeed, Asad has become a thorn in the flesh of Syrians and the rest of the world particularly Europe because of unprecedented number of refugees who daily head to Europe in search of new and better life.

The Syrian war is so complex that there is the fear of unknown of what becomes of the war-torn country even if Asad leaves the stage because of many interests within and outside Syria. Different camps engaged in the war are trying to outdo one another even as cities like Alepo and others have become practically desolate due to the devastating effects of the war.

As they are using different types of weapon, they have also employed the use of propaganda which means that any of the camps could probably use chemical weapons. The involvement of the so called super powers in the Syrian crisis is also not helping matters as they have failed to bring an end to the war. However, the rest of the world remains hopeful that perhaps one day, the madness in Syria will come to an end.

Besides the prolonged Syrian crisis, the greatest threat to mankind is the activities of terrorists that are daily becoming daring and sophisticated in their attacks. They are very coordinated and strike with military precision most times. Victory to terrorists is when women and children are being pulled out of the rubbles, happiness to them is when they see the aged in tears, joy to them is when the world stands still to mourn victims of their heartless attacks.

Terrorists who have no regards for human life see no sin in the use of chemical weapons, therefore, world leaders and peace loving people across the globe must wake up from their slumber and give further support to The Hague based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.(OPCW) which has been working round the clock to save mankind from the monster called chemical weapon. Everything humanly possible must be done to ensure that terrorists and terror groups in any part of the world do not have access to chemical weapons.

This could be achieved when States Parties make prompt payment of their annual contributions to OPCW and its officials are given unhindered access to sites they might want to inspect. If all member states of the United Nations give their full support to OPCW, there is no doubt that the threat of the use of chemical weapon will be reduced and the world will be a better place.

Perhaps, what can trigger crisis in any part of the world is bad governance, injustice, corruption , racial discrimination and other forms of inhuman treatments. All these must be avoided by those holding political power. They must be fair to all.Above all, everyone must join in the campaign against the use of chemical weapons as OPCW takes the lead. This is the only path to a safer world.

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