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  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement on the fifth anniversary of the Proliferation Security Initiative, 31 May 2008

     

     

    31st May 2008 marks the fifth anniversary of the moment when President of the USA, George W. Bush, speaking from Wawel, announced the Proliferation Security Initiative, one of the fastest developing international cooperation mechanisms for stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.


    This latest year in the Initiative's work has resulted in an increased to the number of its members. The PSI now enjoys the support of 91 countries worldwide. On 28th and 29th May 2008, representatives of the Initiative member countries met in Washington D.C. at a conference devoted to the development of the PSI. In the declaration adopted by the conference, the participants emphasised, inter alia, the necessity of developing solutions preventing the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction, in line with the relevant international law and internal regulations.

    President Lech Kaczyński sent a letter addressed to participants of the conference.  The President pointed out that "today we can say with justified conviction that our countries are increasingly effective in preventing irresponsible states and terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction and potentially unleashing destruction that would be even more horrific than what the enemies of the free world perpetrated at the beginning of the 21st century".

    In 2007, Poland continued its commitment to the development of the Proliferation Security Initiative. Poland and Ukraine organised ‘Eastern Shield', a military exercise held in Odessa in October 2007, while in May 2008, Poland, along with the USA, participated in the ‘Adriatic Shield' exercise organised in Croatia. Such exercises help the participants to prepare their services to undertake special measures aimed at intercepting materials being trafficked for the production of weapons of mass destruction.

     

    Through active participation in, inter alia, the PSI, Poland is putting one of the cornerstones of its foreign policy into practice,  by supporting international cooperation aiming at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the face of the constant threat of their use in international war.

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