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  • 28 May 2013

    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.

     

    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.

     

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    The aim of the PSI is to prevent illegal trafficking of WMD and its components. It intends to achieve this goal through broad-based international cooperation at the political level and among agencies responsible for security. The Cracow Initiative also promotes basic rules applied to export control and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Its other value lies in increasing the preparedness and training of agencies responsible for state security. One hundred and two states currently take part in the PSI. Poland has been engaged in the work of the PSI since its announcement in 2003 in Cracow. Poland’s engagement in the PSI also stems from the importance that the country attaches to compliance with international export control and disarmament agreements. In July 2012, Poland hosted a regional workshop for countries of Central and Southern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

     

    MFA Press Office

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