Practice Relating to Rule 74. Chemical Weapons
At the 1986 Session of the Conference on Disarmament, Austria stated: “Austria was among the first Parties that signed the 1925 Geneva [Gas] Protocol. Furthermore, Austria renounced the possession of chemical … weapons in the State Treaty of 1955.”
At a later session in 1988, Austria stated that it “does not possess or produce chemical weapons and has no facilities to produce such weapons”.
In 1991, during a debate in the UN Security Council on the situation between Iraq and Kuwait, Austria stated that Resolution 687 was a step “towards the objective of a global ban on chemical weapons”.
In 1992, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly dealing mainly with the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, the negotiation of which had been concluded by the Conference on Disarmament, Austria stated that the elimination of chemical weapons was important.