Practice Relating to Rule 73. Biological Weapons
Uzbekistan’s Regulation on the Commission on Biological Weapons (1998), as amended, states:
In accordance with the commitments undertaken by the Republic of Uzbekistan concerning the implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, and to coordinate the activities of the ministries and departments … 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 and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction.
The Regulation also states:
The Commission shall:
– study, compile and disseminate international experience with the destruction of bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons;
– support any initiative aimed at banning bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons.
The Regulation further 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 biological or biotechnical materials in 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’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.