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China, Iran Oppose Ban on Biological Weapons

Wednesday, 09 May 2001 12:00 AM

Although already 32 states have endorsed the treaty, the nine nations who met in Geneva described it as discriminatory and favoring the major powers.

The move, revealed at an international panel tasked with drafting a verification protocol for the 1972 Chemical Weapons Convention, aims at stalling Western efforts to further tighten the treaty.

The convention bans the development, production and stockpiling of bacteriological and toxic weapons but lacks a mechanism to check suspected violations.

Set up under an Australian initiative, the so-called Australia Group, which also includes the United States and Japan, wants the treaty to develop a mechanism to deal with the violators.

But China, Iran and their allies oppose the move. Cuba and Indonesia also have joined the two dissenting states in opposing the proposed mechanism to check violations.

They criticize the treaty as promoting a discriminatory export regime, the report said.

The Australia Group has sought to restrict technology transfers to countries suspected of developing biological weapons. Iran and other countries that have been subject to technology transfer restrictions have criticized the existence of the Australia Group itself as politically motivated and discriminatory.

International experts on the issue have been working to produce a verification protocol since 1995 to strengthen the convention. A chairman's draft was presented for the first time in March, and weapons experts have been meeting in Geneva to discuss the draft.

Copyright 2001 by United Press International.

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