The Rotterdam Convention not listed chrysotile to Annex III

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Mr. Maythee Utayopas, Chrysotile Information Center – CIC stated that the report on the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-9) from 29 April to 10 May 2019, in Geneva - chrysotile is not listed in Annex III, a list of restricted and banned chemicals. This shows that chrysotile’s safe-use is a fact, not a myth. Science has also confirmed that there are huge differences between the two types of asbestos: amphibole and serpentine fibers. Chrysotile, a serpentine fiber, should not be banned, but could be used safely and responsibly by the industry.      A total of 10 countries have expressed their position to oppose listing chrysotile into Annex III, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Syria, Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Pakistan, Cuba, India, and Iran. More than 140 countries around the world are using chrysotile. CIC will continue our work to promote safe and responsible use of chrysotile fibers for emerging countries that are in need of an affordable product that can be used safely to build communities. 

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