United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1981

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The volume 6 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.



Chemical and bacteriological (biological) weapons

A United Nations expert group observed in a 1969 report that chemical and bacteriological (biological) weapons stood in a class of their own as armaments which exercised their effects solely on living matter. The fact that some of them 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, has added to the sense of insecurity and tension which the existence of these weapons engenders.


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