Practice Relating to Rule 74. Chemical Weapons
In 1989, in reply to a note verbale of the UN Secretary-General on the subject of chemical weapons, Venezuela declared that it did not possess chemical weapons. It furthermore stated:
In order to ensure strict compliance with the principles and objectives of the Geneva [Gas] Protocol of 1925, it was essential that the countries which had entered reservations to the 1925 Protocol should withdraw them, because the purpose of most of these reservations was to allow the States that had made them to retain the possibility of using chemical weapons in retaliation, should the need arise. As a result of these reservations, the Geneva [Gas] Protocol, which was conceived as an instrument to prohibit the use of chemical weapons, had become an instrument of non-first use
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At the First Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, Venezuela stated that it was in favour of global eradication of chemical weapons and stressed the importance of universal adherence to the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention.