Endeavours to Control the Ban on Biological Weapons Continue

  • Ladislav Středa
  • Jiří Bajgar

Abstract

The question of banning biological and toxic weapons became topical once again in the early 1990s, following the end of the second war in the Persian Gulf. Even though biological weapons were not used in this conflict, special UN inspections at the end of the war demonstrated that Iraq was in an advanced stage of developing biological weapons.
The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (BTWC) was signed on April 10, 1972 and came into force on March 26, 1975. Even though the Agreement has been in force for more than a quarter of a century, its flaws dictate the completion of mechanisms, which would rule out the risk of the use of biological weapons in the future.
Political reasons make an amendment or elimination or collective destruction of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction unacceptable. That is why it has been recommended to draw up a verification protocol to the Agreement, which will accept the current results of science and technology and eliminate its shortcomings. Endeavours to complete a verification protocol continue.

Author Biographies

Ladislav Středa

 

 

Jiří Bajgar

 

 

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