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Uzbekistan
Practice Relating to Rule 74. Chemical Weapons
Uzbekistan’s Regulation on the Commission on Chemical Weapons (1997), as amended, states:
In accordance with the commitments undertaken by the Republic of Uzbekistan, and in order to coordinate the activities of ministries and agencies to implement the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, the Cabinet of Ministers decides … [t]o establish under the Cabinet of Ministers a Commission on the Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction. 
Uzbekistan, Regulation on the Commission on Chemical Weapons, 1997, as amended, Article 1.
The Regulation also states:
The establishment of the Commission stems from the urgent need to destroy the stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction – chemical, bacteriological (biological) and toxic substances – and equipment used for their production.
The main tasks of the Commission are:
– to provide assistance and, if necessary, protection to the State or to a group of States parties to the Convention in the case of use or threat of use of chemical weapons. 
Uzbekistan, Regulation on the Commission on Chemical Weapons, 1997, as amended, Annex 2, Section I.
The Regulation further states:
The Commission shall:
– study, compile and disseminate international and national experience with the destruction of chemical weapons;
– provide, within its competence, appropriate methodological and practical assistance regarding the prohibition and destruction of chemical weapons to ministries, state committees, departments, to the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, to regional and the Tashkent city administrations and to relevant organizations and agencies;
– distribute funds and material resources destined for activities aimed at the prohibition and destruction of chemical weapons;
– support any initiative aimed at banning chemical weapons. 
Uzbekistan, Regulation on the Commission on Chemical Weapons, 1997, as amended, Annex 2, Section II.
The Regulation also states:
In order to carry out its tasks and functions, the Commission shall have the right to:
– take, in the prescribed manner and within its jurisdiction, decisions aimed at the prohibition of the development, production and storage of chemical materials on the territory of the Republic; such decisions shall be binding on ministries, on the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, on regions, cities and districts, enterprises, institutions and organizations. 
Uzbekistan, Regulation on the Commission on Chemical Weapons, 1997, as amended, Annex 2, Section III.
Uzbekistan’s Defence Law Amendment Act (2001), states:
The main principles of the national defence policy are:
– renunciation of the production, development, acquisition, storage, distribution and deployment of nuclear weapons or of other types of weapons of mass destruction. 
Uzbekistan, Defence Law Amendment Act, 2001, Article 4.
In 2013, a position paper submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Third Special Session of the Conference of States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Third Review Conference) on behalf of the Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that are States Parties to the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), including Uzbekistan, and China noted:
2. Preamble and international security
2.2 The NAM CWC States Parties and China reiterate their long-standing principled position for the achievement of general and complete disarmament, under strict and effective international control, including the prohibition of all weapons of mass destruction.
3. Destruction of chemical weapons and destruction or conversion of chemical weapons production facilities
3.1 The NAM CWC States Parties and China call for the destruction of all categories of chemical weapons by the possessor States Parties and reiterate the importance of the total elimination of all types of weapons of mass destruction, in line with the first preambular paragraph of the Convention.
3.5 The NAM CWC States Parties and China reiterate that the obligation and responsibility regarding the destruction of chemical weapons lie solely with the possessor States Parties, and that fulfilment of this obligation is essential to the achievement of the object and purpose of the Convention. 
Uzbekistan, Position paper submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Third Special Session of the Conference of States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Third Review Conference) on behalf of the Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement that are States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, including Uzbekistan, and China, 8 April 2013, §§ 2.2, 3.1 and 3.5.
In 2013, in a statement at the Third Special Session of the Conference of States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Third Review Conference) on behalf of the Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that are States Parties to the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), including Uzbekistan, and China, the representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran stated:
The existence of weapons of mass destruction continues to pose a threat to international peace and security. The NAM CWC States Parties and China therefore call for the general and complete disarmament under [a] strict and effective verification regime, including the prohibition and elimination of all weapons of mass destruction in line with the first preambular paragraph of the Convention.
The NAM CWC States Parties and China call for the total destruction of all categories of chemical weapons by the possessor States Parties …
It is important that the Third Review Conference call upon the major possessor States to take every necessary measure to ensure the completion of destruction of their chemical weapons stockpiles in the shortest time possible.
We further call upon all the other States Parties that possess old chemical weapons to also complete their destruction of these chemical weapons in the shortest time possible.
… [T]he NAM CWC States Parties and China are fully committed to their obligations under the Convention. We look forward to the elimination of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction in the shortest time possible. 
Uzbekistan, Statement by the representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the Third Special Session of the Conference of States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Third Review Conference) on behalf of the Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement that are States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, including Uzbekistan, and China, 8 April 2013, pp. 2, 3 and 6.
The representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran further stated:
The NAM CWC States Parties and China express their deep concern that chemical weapons may have been used in the Syrian Arab Republic. We underline that the use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances would be reprehensible and completely contrary to the legal norms and standards of the international community. 
Uzbekistan, Statement by the representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the Third Special Session of the Conference of States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Third Review Conference) on behalf of the Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement that are States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, including Uzbekistan, and China, 8 April 2013, p. 4.