Today we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare. France is a depository of this instrument, which is the primary text aimed at prohibiting the use of these weapons even in times of war.
The universalization of this protocol, which is supplemented by the Biological Weapons Convention, is one of our objectives. We call on the states that are not yet party to these agreements to adhere to them as soon as possible.
France welcomes the decision by Andorra, Burma (Myanmar) and Mauritania to join the Biological Weapons Convention. Only 14 states around the world have not yet signed it, while 9 have signed it but have not yet ratified it.