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UAE ratifies BWC

On 19 June 2008, the United Arab Emirates ratified the Biological Weapons Convention to become its 162nd State Party. The UAE, which signed the treaty on 28 September 1982, is the first non-African state to join the treaty this year. The UAE has received attention from both States Parties and successive BWC Chairs as part of the universalization activities agreed to at the treaty's Sixth Review Conference in 2006. The instrument for UAE's ratification was recently reviewed at the Cabinet level and eventually deposited in London, UK. Ambassador Avramchev, the Chair of the 2008 meetings of the BWC welcomed the ratification and noted "This is an important step towards universality. It goes to show that the BWC remains relevant in today's security environment and that states in all regions of the world continue to see the value in joining the treaty regime."