Practice Relating to Rule 74. Chemical Weapons
Ethiopia’s Proclamation on the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (2003) provides:
8. Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Any person shall not undertake in any circumstances any of the following activities:
1) Developing, producing, acquiring, stockpiling, directly or indirectly transferring chemical weapons to anyone, and using chemical weapons;
2) … engaging in military preparations to use chemical weapons.
In 1977, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Ethiopia supported a complete ban on chemical weapons.
During the 1989 Session of the Conference on Disarmament, Ethiopia stated that it considered chemical weapons and their complete destruction to be a matter of the utmost priority. Furthermore, it stated that Ethiopia did not produce or stockpile chemical weapons.
At the First Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, Ethiopia emphasized the importance of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention and stated its commitment to creating a world free of chemical weapons.