• WARSAW 2012

  • In the nine years since the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) was launched, endorsing countries have gained experience and expertise related to the capabilities and practices that are critical for states to effectively interdict WMD, WMD-related material and their delivery systems. It is important that this experience and expertise be shared, so all endorsing nations can continue to develop effective capabilities for conducting interdictions.



    The Critical Capabilities and Practices (CCP) effort is aimed at assisting PSI endorsees and non-endorsees to further develop these effective capabilities by identifying specific resources (including documents, programs, training opportunities, and methodologies) necessary to conduct interdiction activities, as well as to apply the most suitable and flexible methods and procedures in this regard. Over the past months, PSI OEG countries have been engaged in identifying and listing Critical Capabilities and Practices components.

    Moreover, OEG states have identified tools and resources at their disposal that may be shared, on a voluntary basis, with other PSI-endorsees as a means of supporting their anti-proliferation or interdiction-related activities. The tools and resources listed can be applied on a purely voluntary basis, and OEG states are determining the best methods of making these tools available. The tools could be used as a means of building networks between OEG states and other PSI endorsees in each of the CCP elements.


    European countries and institutions (the EU, NATO) take a leading role in regional and worldwide WMD non-proliferation and disarmament activities. Therefore, Poland believes that the workshop could provide a platform for discussing and exploring the CCP concept, its tools and resources. Poland agrees with the view that the CCP may become a very practical and creative tool to structuralize and provide strategic direction to PSI activities, while furthering the goals of the PSI Statement of Interdiction Principles. This new approach may contribute to ensuring efficiency in preventing and stopping proliferation actions and to enhancing coordination of PSI endeavors. However, the CCP is an on-going and a very interactive process, thus still requires efforts to be fully developed. The workshop in Warsaw provides an opportunity to present and confront the CCP concept with views and experiences of all European countries, as well as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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