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Fiji Hopes Region Adopts Biological Weapons Convention

The Regional Biological Weapons Convention workshop will establish a platform in the region to curb and address the scourge of biological threat. Minister for Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke
28 Jul 2017 11:00
Fiji Hopes Region Adopts Biological Weapons Convention

The Regional Biological Weapons Convention workshop will establish a platform in the region to curb and address the scourge of biological threat.

Minister for Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola made the comment at at begining of the workshop at Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, yesterday.

Biological weapons, also called germ weapons, any of a number of disease-producing agents—such as bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, fungi, toxins, or other biological agents—that may be utilised as weapons against humans, animals, or plants.

Ratu Inoke said the global security situation had changed dramatically in recent years, making it more unpredictable, sophisticated and challenging.

“It has imposed a major challenge on all fronts, which is why assistance through international agencies and more collaboration are needed to mitigate against these threats,” Ratu Inoke said.

He also encouraged the non-state parties’ representatives of Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) to adopt the convention.

“The threat from biological weapons is real. I firmly believe that as a region we can be strong if we stand together with the vision rooted in our shared values and beliefs. Our collective efforts can contribute to the overall objective of a secure region realising the unprecedented threats confronting our region.”

He also thanked the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) for co-hosting the event with the Fijian Government.

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