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Incendiary Weapons (United Nations Resolutions)

Volume 886: debated on Thursday 20 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what view is taken by Her Majesty's Government about the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly on the use of napalm and other incendiary weapons in armed conflict.

Her Majesty's Government share the humanitarian concern underlying General Assembly Resolution 3255A, namely, that the international community should make practical progress towards effective controls on these and other

"weapons which may cause unnecessary suffering in armed conflict."
However, we could not support this or 3255B because we do not believe that they would help to achieve this objective. A detailed statement by our delegation was made in the First Committee on 21st November (UN Document A/C.1/PV. 2026) and a copy is available in the Library.