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Pakistan Hosts Chemical Weapons Assistance and Protection Course

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OPCW Course Held in Pakistan

The 5th International Advanced Course on Assistance and Protection against chemical weapons was held in Islamabad, Pakistan from Nov. 16-20, 2015.

The course was co-organized by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and Pakistan’s Defence Science and Technology Organization.

The advanced training focused on the use of protective equipment; monitoring, detection and decontamination operations; as well as strategies for responses to incidents involving chemical warfare agent and toxic industrial chemicals.

The director Director-General of the OPCW visited the training center during the course and observed a field exercise. He also attended the inauguration of the regional center for assistance and protection against chemical weapons, located at the National Centre for Physics in Islamabad.

The training course was attended by 24 participants from 18 States Parties including Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominica, Jordan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Tunisia, Ukraine and Vietnam.