The Bill to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Act was passed in Parliament, yesterday. Presenting the Bill for debate, State Minister: Ruwan Wijewardhene said, the entire world is against chemical weapons, and therefore, the need for amendments to the existing Act has arisen. The Minister pointed out, although the subject of chemical weapons came under the purview of the Ministry of Industries, it has a direct implication to National Security. Joining in the debate, Parliamentarian: Abdul Maharoof said, as a country that has ended a war, Sri Lanka should be honoured as a country that does not harbour chemical weapons. Also joining in the debate, Parliamentarian: Shantha Bandara said, to ensure National Security, the subject on chemical weapons which came under the purview of the Ministry of Industries was taken under the Ministry of Defence, and thereby, the Ministry of Defence is empowered to prohibit the use of chemical weapons, and destroy them.
Responding to an allegation voiced by an MP that the security forces have been using chemical weapons, State Minister: Ruwan Wijewardena said, in the war against terrorism, the security forces have never used chemical weapons or cluster bombs.
There is no evidence to prove such an allegation.