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Bush Urges Endorsement of PSI Interdiction Principles

31 May 2005

Initiative allows nations to expand capacity to stop WMD trafficking

Washington -- President Bush marked the second anniversary of the Proliferation Security Initiative May 31 by urging all responsible nations to endorse the counter-proliferation program’s statement of interdiction principles.

Under PSI, countries agree to cooperative action under existing national and international laws to stop trafficking in weapons of mass destruction by sharing intelligence and by the search and seizure of suspect cargo on land, sea and air.  Currently, more than 60 nations participate in the initiative, with Argentina, Georgia and Iraq being the most recent to give their support, Bush said.

“To counter proliferation networks,” the president said,  “we are working in common cause with like-minded states prepared to make maximum use of their laws and capabilities to deny rogue states, terrorists and black marketers access to WMD-related materials and delivery means."

The United Nations Security Council, in Resolution 1540, endorses the PSI goals, he noted.

Participating countries hold joint training exercises to practice interdictions and to develop new tools to stop the transshipment of WMD material, prosecute proliferation networks and shut down front companies for WMD traffickers, Bush said.  Participants include members of the military, law enforcement officers, customs officials and intelligence and legal experts.

The president first announced the initiative two years ago in a speech in Krakow, Poland.

The full text of Bush's statement is available on the White House Web site.

For more information about counterproliferation, see Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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