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    PSI Tenth Anniversary - Warsaw, 27-29 May 2013

     

     

     

     

    On 28 May, representatives of 72 states and 3 international organisations: the European Union, the North Atlantic Alliance and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe met in Warsaw to discuss the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The occasion for a discussion during the High Level Political Meeting of the Cracow Initiative – Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) - was the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the PSI. The Polish delegation was headed by Undersecretary of State Bogusław Winid.

     

    The meeting began by reading out statements by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski and the President of the United States Barack Obama who noted that the threat from weapons of mass destruction concerns all states.”No state is free from the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Therefore, we must step up efforts to prevent their proliferation,” wrote President Bronisław Komorowski in his letter.

     

    Statement of President of Poland - is available here in Polish and here in English

     

    Statement of President of the United States - is available here

     

     

    In his opening address, Deputy Minister Winid underscored that the PSI enables states to take prompt action in the event of illegal trafficking of WMD or their components. “Cooperation in the PSI also serves as a deterrent for states that violate international commitments in the area of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” said  deputy chief of Polish diplomacy. The aim of the Warsaw conference is to reaffirm the PSI as an important forum of cooperation in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The conference participants declared a work plan to be implemented under the auspices of the PSI by the end of 2018. They also agreed on a schedule of political and expert meetings and military exercises.

     

    This action agenda for the PSI consists of the four Joint Statements supported by the PSI-endorsing states willing to do so and national declarations. Beneath are the Joint Statements with lists of supporting states and the Chairman's Summary:

     

    Proliferation Security Initiative 10th Anniversary:

     

    Joint Statement on Ensuring a Robust Initiative

     

    Joint Statement on Enhancing Critical Interdiction Capabilities and Practices

     

    Joint Statement on Strengthening Authorities for Action

     

    Joint Statement on Expanding Strategic Communications

     

     

    High Level Political Meeting Chairman’s Summary

     

     

    List of participants of the PSI 10th Anniversary

     

     

    On 29 May 2013, additional two PSI meetings took place: Implementation Meeting and the Operational Experts Group (OEG) meeting. The Implementation Meeting offered an opportunity for an in-depth discussion and coordination of some of the planned activities, especially Critical Capabilities and Capacity building and regional events rotations. The OEG meeting gathered 21 states of the PSI.

     

    Photos from the meeting may be found at http://www.msz.gov.pl/en/news/non_proliferation_of_weapons_of_mass_destruction____10_years_of_psi

     

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    The Krakow Initiative (Proliferation Security Initiative) was announced at Wawel Castle in Krakow on May 31, 2003.

     

    The PSI is designed to prevent trafficking in weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and components for their production. To this end, broad-based international cooperation is needed not only at the political level, but also between services responsible for the security of the individual PSI participating states (such as special and customs services, border guard, etc.). The prevention of WMD trafficking involves detection and surveillance of organisations, institutions and states seeking to illegally obtain such weapons, as well as special operations to stop transfers of WMD or components for their manufacture.

     

    Originally, the PSI included 11 states (Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Great Britain, the US and Poland). On September 4, 2003, in Paris, these countries detailed the principles governing such operations in a document titled "Statement of Interdiction Principles" . The document defines the circumstances in which such operations may be carried out (at sea, on land, or in the air) including, most importantly, the requirement that any action taken must be consistent with international law. Gradually, the group of 11 founding states has expanded to more than 100 states supporting the PSI worldwide recently.

     

    Poland has been involved in PSI activities ever since the launching of the Initiative. We regard the PSI to be an effective mechanism for preventing WMD proliferation. That is one of the gravest threats to international security. Some states and terrorist organisations make attempts to come into possession of WMDs to use them later in terrorist attacks, or to strengthen their political position. Irresponsible behaviour of this kind calls for unconventional countermeasures, taken with full respect for the law. Furthermore, the PSI makes it possible to promote the fundamental principles concerning WMD non-proliferation , at the same time enhancing the preparedness and training levels of state security services.

     

    Polish involvement in the PSI also reflects the importance that Poland has long attached to the implementation of the standards resulting from international arms control and disarmament agreements. We believe that in a dynamically evolving international environment initiatives such as the PSI provide essential and effective reinforcement for cooperation within the existing framework of global disarmament agreements. The PSI is also an important element of international efforts to combat the terrorist threat.

     

    The object of the website is to present Polish involvement in the PSI and to provide current information on our input as an active PSI participant.

     

    In order to obtain more information on the global activities of the PSI, we encourage you to visit PSI dedicated website: http://www.psi-online.info/