Royal decree bans use of chemical weapons
On May 8th His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman passed five royal decrees, one of which involved banning the use of chemical weapons.
According to reports in the Times of Oman, Royal Decree No.39/2019, which implements the agreement of prohibiting chemical weapons signed in 1993, promulgates the system (bylaw) on implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention that bans developing, the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction.
The articles under this decree state
Article (1) states that the bylaw attached to this decree shall apply to the Chemical Weapons Convention (that bans developing, the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction).
Article (2) states that the Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs shall issue the decisions necessary for the implementation of the provisions of the system (bylaw) attached to this decree.
Article (3) cancels Royal Decree No.21/97 and annuls all that contradicts the bylaw attached to this decree or contravenes its provisions.
Article (4) says that this decree shall be published in the Official Gazette and enforced after the passing of 90 days from its date of publication.