United States of America
Practice Relating to Rule 85. The Use of Incendiary Weapons against Combatants
Section A. The use of incendiary weapons in general
At the Preparatory Conference for the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in 1978, the United States felt that an “early agreement” on the use of incendiary weapons was unlikely and that “continued insistence on the total prohibition of such weapons, or prohibition of their use against people, would preclude the possibility of agreement” as “a compromise could be reached only if consideration was given both to humanitarian concerns and to military requirements and if the effects of alternative weapons were taken into account”.