On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, the Dominican Republic declared its decision to participate in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). The United States welcomes the Dominican Republic’s decision to endorse and participate in the Initiative and looks forward to working with the Government of the Dominican Republic to advance the nonproliferation goals of the PSI and its Statement of Interdiction Principles. The Dominican Republic is the 101th state to become a PSI participant.
Launched in Krakow, Poland in 2003, PSI will mark its 10th Anniversary in May 2013. PSI participants commit to undertake measures to interdict illicit transfers of weapons of mass destruction-and missile-related items, exchange relevant information, and strengthen legal authorities to conduct interdictions. They also conduct exercises, workshops, and other activities to improve their capacities to fulfill their PSI commitments. The addition of each new participating state strengthens the Initiative and helps ensure that it will remain a durable international effort in the years ahead.
The United States urges all responsible states to endorse and participate in the PSI. For more information on the Proliferation Security Initiative, please see the State Department’s website: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/c10390.htm.