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Australia Group is an informal group of countries established in 1985 (after the use of chemical weapons by Iraq in 1984) to help reduce the spread of chemical and biological weapons by monitoring and controlling the spread of technologies required to produce them. The group, initially consisting of 15 countries, has increased to 39, including most of the major Western democracies, several eastern European nations, Argentina, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey.


The group maintains a common list of technologies that could be used in chemical and biological weapons programs which have export restrictions placed upon them. Delegations representing member nations meet annually in Paris.


External link

  • The Australia Group homepage (http://www.australiagroup.net)

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Australia Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (179 words)
Australia Group is an informal group of countries established in 1985 (after the use of chemical weapons by Iraq in 1984) to help reduce the spread of chemical and biological weapons by monitoring and controlling the spread of technologies required to produce them.
The group, initially consisting of 15 countries, has increased to 39, including most of the major Western democracies, several eastern European nations, Argentina, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey.
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Australia Group: Twenty Years Fighting Chemical and Biological Weapons Proliferation (328 words)
The Australia Group is a forum of 38 countries, plus the European Commission, which works to prevent chemical and biological weapons proliferation.
Australia has been the permanent Chair of the Australia Group since it was first established in 1985.
Australia Group participants have raised the bar against proliferators by strengthening export controls, including through harmonising national export licensing measures on items that can be used in CBW programs.
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