Marius Risse

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Prevention of Non-State Actors with Chemical and Biological Weapons (Topic A)

In the last decade, the Republic of Iraq experienced a significant and positive transformation after years of war, conflicts and instability. Today, Iraq is restoring its international diplomatic bilateral relations, as well as its role as a stabilising force in the Middle East and as critical global partner. Because the new Iraq commits itself to the universal principle of human rights, democracy, and good governance, we strongly oppose the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction to non-State actors. Such weapons in the hand of terrorist groups are a pre-eminent threat to international peace and security.

In order to address this threat, Iraq favoured and complied with all treaties and agreements on this issue, such as the BTWC or Resolution 1540 (2004). The necessary steps to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to establish appropriate domestic controls to prevent trafficking were taken. The biological weapon production facilities were destroyed under UN supervision and it was agreed to entomb ...