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Panama Pushes U.S. to Clean Up Chemical Weapons
Panama is continuing to seek an agreement with the United States for the removal of a small number of U.S. World War II-era chemical munitions abandoned on San Jose Island, the Associated Press reported yesterday (see GSN, Sept. 19, 2003).
“We cannot exempt the United States of its responsibilities,” said Panamanian Foreign Minister Harmondio Arias. “We don’t have chemical weapons. The ones that are on the island were left there by them,” he added.
A government report on foreign relations says that contacts between Panama and the United States on the issue “have continued,” AP reported (Associated Press, Aug. 12).
Nov. 8, 2013
This report is part of a collection examining implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to-date.
Oct. 31, 2013
This CNS issue brief examines the lessons learned from dismantling Libya and Iraq's chemical weapons programs and what these two cases presage for disarmament in Syria. In particular, this article explores the challenges relating to ensuring material and physical security for both inspectors and the chemical weapons stockpile itself; verifying the accuracy and completeness of disclosed inventories; and developing effective monitoring and verification regimes for the long-term. The conclusion examines recommendations stemming from this analysis.