Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Geneva
Switzerland, Liechtenstein

Statement814

Meeting of High Contracting Parties to the CCW

Agenda Item 9: Protocol III on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons – 21 November 2018

Thank you Mr Chairman.

Cognisant of our shared commitment to Protocol III of the CCW, Australia is troubled by recent reports of the illegal use of incendiary weapons.

We see no justification for the illegal use of white phosphorus or other incendiary weapons on civilians, civilian objects or military objectives located within a concentration of civilians.

We urge states to meet their obligations under Protocol III and International Humanitarian Law.  Australia condemns any use outside of these agreed rules