Practice Relating to Rule 85. The Use of Incendiary Weapons against Combatants
Section A. The use of incendiary weapons in general
In 1973, in response to Resolution 2932 A (XXVII) in which the UN General Assembly asked States to comment on the report of the UN Secretary-General on napalm and other incendiary weapons and all aspects of their possible use, Poland stated that it considered that the report could “serve as a suitable basis for further considerations of the direction and manner of negotiating with a view to reaching an agreement on the prohibition of the use of incendiary weapons and, subsequently, their total elimination from military arsenals”.
In 1974, during discussions in the Ad Hoc Committee on Conventional Weapons established by the CDDH, Poland stated that “napalm and other incendiary weapons … should be banned”.
At the Preparatory Conference for the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in 1979, Poland stated that “it was disappointing” that the Conference had not reached an agreement on the prohibition or restriction of incendiary weapons. It hoped that “the extensive debate on the total prohibition of the use of such weapons in inhabited areas would eventually lead to the elimination of at least the most drastic and indiscriminate weapons in that category”.