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  • WARSAW 2004

  •  An information meeting on the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) for Central and Eastern European states was held in Warsaw on  January 12 2004. The aim of the meeting was to acquaint the states of the region with PSI objectives and its evolution.

     

    The meeting was attended by representatives of the following states of the region: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

     

    The meeting was opened by Secretary of State at the Polish MFA, Adam D. Rotfeld. In his speech he stressed the growing threat posed by WMD proliferation  and the possible acquisition of such weapons by terrorist groups. A. Rotfeld pointed to the need for upgrading existing control regimes,  to make them capable of responding to non-symmetrical security challenges. In this context, he indicated the role played by new WMD non-proliferation initiatives, including the PSI, the G8 Global Partnership and the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation. He stressed that new initiatives were designed to strengthen and adapt the existing non-proliferation regime, rather than to modify it. A. Rotfeld pointed to the fact that Central and Eastern Europe lay at the intersection of major transport routes. That made  it necessary for the countries of the region to establish closer practical cooperation, including exchange of information and consultations on national legal measures and collaboration in counteracting and interdiction of illegal shipments.

     

     

    The US  Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation Controls, Ms Susan F. Burk, presented the reasons for establishing the PSI, prominently including growth in non-symmetrical threats. She stressed the need to use a wide range of instruments  -  from diplomatic and intelligence undertakings  to operational measures -  to effectively stop WMD proliferation. She also pointed to the fact that the PSI was open to all countries willing to effectively cooperate within the area defined by the PSI Statement of Interdiction Principles (adopted at a PSI plenary session in Paris on 4 September 2003).

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