Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Boguslaw Winid met in Washington, D.C., April 26 to discuss plans for the upcoming High Level Political Meeting (HLPM) marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). This meeting will be held in Warsaw, Poland on May 28, 2013.
The PSI is a multinational effort to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). States participating in the PSI – 102 thus far – publicly commit to take specific actions to impede or stop shipments of WMD, their delivery systems, and related material.
Acting Under Secretary Gottemoeller, who will lead the U.S. delegation to the HLPM, and Deputy Minister Winid, the meeting chair, discussed their desired outcomes for the HLPM and coordination with PSI partner states in preparing for it.
President Obama, in his 2009 Prague Speech, recognized the PSI’s critical role in the global nonproliferation regime. He issued a called for the Initiative to become a durable international effort. The Tenth Anniversary HLPM will be an important step forward in answering the President’s call.
The United States welcomes Poland’s decision to host the HLPM and looks forward to close cooperation as we work to ensure that the meeting highlights both past successes and future efforts to counter proliferation threats.