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A brief summary; the minutes of a meeting; the etiquette of diplomacy.

Protocol refers to a summarized document or the minutes of a meeting that are initialed by the parties present to indicate the accuracy of the document or minutes.

Protocol is a section of the department of state that is responsible for advising the government, the president, the vice president, and the Secretary of State on matters of diplomatic procedure governed by law or international custom and practice. Protocol is the method of officially ranking or receiving government officials.

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an addition or supplement to a treaty.
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PROTOCOL, civil law, international law. A record or register. Among the Romans, protocollunt was a writing at the head of the first page of the paper used by the notaries or tabellions. Nov. 44.
     2. In France the minutes of notarial acts were formerly transcribed on registers, which were called protocols. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 3, c. 6, s. 1, n. 413.
     3. By the German law it signifies the minutes of any transaction. Eneye. Amer. Protocol. In the latter sense the word has of late been received into international law. Ibid.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Defenders of the Geneva Protocol welcomed such a forceful statement of support.
The 1925 Geneva Protocol merely banned the "use in war" of chemical weapons.
The U.S., Russia, Iraq, and Syria (plus most other lands) follow the Geneva Protocol (30) and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (31) but went on to stockpile or use chemical weapons.
The 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, signed by 188 nations, expanded the Geneva Protocol by banning possession (not just use) of chemical weapons.
(144) Thus, according to domestic law, the law applicable to the United States' armed conflict with Al Qaeda is Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, custom, domestic law, and Additional Geneva Protocol II.
Damascus has however signed the Geneva protocol, which bars the first use of chemical and biological weapons, though it does not make stipulations about production, storage and transfer.
Moscow said it "would like to underline that Syria joined" a Geneva protocol on the non-use of such weapons and "presumes that the Syrian authorities will continue to rigorously abide by its assumed international obligations".
Russia reminded Syria that it had joined a Geneva protocol on the non-use of such weapons.
* The 1924 Geneva Protocol, which called for the pacific settlement of international disputes, such as Japan's "peace" efforts in Korea and China (1910 and 1932, respectively), Italy's in Ethiopia (1935), and Germany's in Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland (1938, 1938 and 1939, respectively); and
The Secretary of State will ensure that the policy of the United States Government condemning the use of chemical weapons (CW) munitions in the Iran-Iraq war is unambiguous and consistent with he 1925 Geneva protocol. Our condemnation of the use of CW munitions by the belligerents should place equal stress on the urgent need to dissuade Iran from continuing the ruthless and inhumane tactics which have characterized recent offensives." This document remained classified Top Secret until August 1994.
During the Dessert Storm offensive Pentagon authorized the use of350 tons of depleted uranium which was not only a war crime (Article 23 of Geneva Convention and Geneva Protocol of 1925 explicitly prohibits asphyxiating, poisonous or other gasses, and all analogous liquids, materials or devices"), it also posed health and safety risks to the American troops.
3 [hereinafter Geneva Protocol I] ("The High Contracting Parties undertake to respect and to ensure respect for this Protocol in all circumstances.").