Cuba working on BTWC implemantation

A Cuban representative spoke on the country's successful implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention during a meeting in Geneva.

Juan Antonio Quintanilla explained the actions his country has taken to comply with the BTWC's objective to prevent the proliferation and development of biological weapons. Cuba has implemented approximately 44 safeguard inspections with different objectives between 2007 and 2011 at its facilities with a biological risk, Prensa Latina reports.

Cuba has also utilized a training plan developed by the National Center for Biological Security to more successfully apply the BTWC. Quintanilla said that the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has acted as a national authority of the Biological Weapons Convention in the training and implementation process.

The island has participated in the BTWC since 1992 and has taken part in the exchange of information through annually presenting forms to promote confidence, according to Prensa Latina.

Signers of the BTWC promise not to develop toxin or biological agents that have no justification for protection, prophylactic or other peaceful purposes. The BTWC prohibits the production, development or storage of biological weapons. The BTWC also allows for the exchange of equipment, scientific and technological information, and materials. The convention has been ratified by 163 states since it came into force in 1975.