Experts meet to stop proliferation of black market weapons

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Canada hosts annual event

May 28, 2015

OTTAWA – Canada is proud to have hosted the 2015 Proliferation Security Initiative’s (PSI) three day meeting involving military, law enforcement, intelligence, legal, and diplomatic representatives on international cooperation to stop illicit shipments of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems, and related materials.

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Quick Facts

 

The PSI provides member countries with a flexible forum for coordinating their counter-proliferation activities to thwart the increasingly sophisticated tactics of black market weapons operators.

 

The PSI is currently endorsed by 104 states, including Canada. The OEG acts as the Initiative’s steering committee. It examines proliferation trends, conducts regular exercises, and develops WMD interdiction tools and expertise which are shared with the wider PSI community.

 

Last year’s PSI OEG meeting was held in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

This event, which is supported by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)’s Global Partnership Program, demonstrates Canada’s ongoing commitment and leadership in global counter-proliferation efforts.

 

Quotes

 

“As we have seen in recent months, the threat of terrorism is very real. Global efforts like the Proliferation Security Initiative play an important role in helping Canada and our allies thwart the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”

 

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence

 

Associated Links

 

Proliferation Security Initiative official website

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