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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1979

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The volume 4 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption.

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Chemical and bacteriological (biological) weapons

All weapons of war are destructive of human life, but chemical and bacteriological (biological) weapons stand in a class of their own as armaments designed solely to affect living matter. The idea of bacteriological (biological) weapons being used deliberately to spread disease generates a sense of horror. The fact that certain chemical and bacteriological (biological) agents are potentially unconfined in their effects, both in space and time, and that their large scale use could conceivably have deleterious and irreversible effects on the balance of nature adds to the sense of insecurity and tension which the existence of those classes of weapons engenders. The complete prohibition and elimination of the poisonous and toxic weapons of warfare has been an important goal of the international community for many years.

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