Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Practice Relating to Rule 74. Chemical Weapons
The day before his address to the Conference of State Parties to the 1925 Geneva Gas Protocol in 1989, the Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs told a French interviewer: “Despite the fact that the production of chemical weapons is not banned by the Geneva agreement, Libya has decided of its own free will that it will not produce, and furthermore does not intend to produce, chemical weapons.”
In 1991, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya expressed its belief that there was a “need to protect the human race from chemical warfare”.
In 1992, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly dealing mainly with the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, the negotiation of which had been concluded by the Conference on Disarmament, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya supported an Egyptian initiative for a Middle Eastern zone free of weapons of mass destruction.