Practice Relating to Rule 73. Biological Weapons
In 1976, during discussions in the Ad Hoc Committee on Conventional Weapons established by the CDDH, Kuwait stated that it supported “the prohibition of all weapons, including biological weapons, which caused mass destruction and genocide”.
In the preliminary stages of the First Review Conference of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention in 1980, Kuwait stated:
With regard to Article I of the Biological Weapons Convention, Kuwait has not developed, produced or stockpiled such weapons or placed them at the disposal of its armed forces. Kuwait has not in any manner used microbial or other biological agents or toxins for non-peaceful purposes.
Kuwait does not intend to acquire or retain weapons, equipment or means of delivery designed to use such agents or toxins for hostile purposes or in armed conflict.
In 1993, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Kuwait said it supported all international efforts to destroy weapons of mass destruction.
In an article published in a military review, a member of the Kuwaiti armed forces stated that, during war, belligerents must:
respect restrictions and limits provided for in international conventions, such as restriction of the use of some weapons, and prohibition of using others, e.g. … biological weapons … This is in application of well-established principles in wars, such as considerations of military honour and humanitarian considerations.