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  • ABU DHABI 2007

  • A seminar on PSI principles and objectives was held on 15-16 May at Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). It was organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi.

     

     

    The symposium was attended by representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states (GCC: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates) and Yemen.

     

    The conference opened with an address by Under-Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Witold Waszczykowski. He stressed the importance of international non-proliferation and disarmament efforts in  Poland's security policy. W. Waszczykowski  pointed to the parallel nature of the activities pursued by Poland which, on the one hand, supported multilateral disarmament measures (e.g. at the UN forum) and, on the other hand, got involved in initiatives of a practical nature, such as the PSI.

     

     

    In addresses that followed, representatives of the MFA and other government agencies (National Security Bureau, Ministry of Interior and Administration, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Finance) presented PSI achievements, its basic objectives and principles,  forms of cooperation within the PSI framework (political and expert meetings, exercises) and implementation methods (the role of interagency cooperation at the national level between specialized law enforcement agencies). Guests from Australia and Japan presented their assessment of the PSI and their involvement in its implementation.

     

    In summing up the seminar, the need was indicated to begin practical implementation of the declaration made by the GCC states at a joint EU-GCC summit of 8 May 2007, according to which both groups of states ‘value and support the goals and principles of the Proliferation Security Initiative'. The conviction was expressed that the seminar had brought a better understanding of these goals and principles. The PSI idea was not merely limited to interdiction operations, but  also focused on prevention activities: it allowed for a better coordination of law enforcement services, promoted international cooperation between such services in individual countries, improved exchange of information etc.

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