Practice Relating to Rule 74. Chemical Weapons
Argentina’s Chemical Weapons Law (2007) states:
Whoever develops, produces, acquires, stockpiles, retains, transfers, uses, imports or exports chemical weapons, or chemicals listed in Schedules 1, 2 and 3 of the [Chemical Weapons] Convention, for purposes prohibited under this law or that Convention shall be punished by imprisonment for a minimum term of 5 and maximum term of 15 years.
In 1988, in a statement before the Fifteenth Special Session of the UN General Assembly, the President of Argentina confirmed that “Argentina does not possess chemical-weapon arsenals” and that “it will continue to commit all its efforts to the conclusion of a convention on chemical weapons”.
In 1989, in a reply to a note verbale of the UN Secretary-General on the subject of chemical weapons, Argentina declared that it did not possess chemical weapons.
During the 1991 Session of the Conference on Disarmament, Argentina stated that it “does not possess and has never possessed or used chemical weapons”.
In a press communiqué issued in 1997, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina stated:
Argentina … does not have any chemical weapons installations or deposits in its territory. Such a declaration clearly conveys to the international community Argentina’s political will to abide by the convention provisions within the framework of its foreign policy, which is committed to disarmament and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.