Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
June 5, 2012

On Thursday, May 31, 2012, the United States welcomed the Commonwealth of Dominica’s participation in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and looks forward to working with the Government of Dominica to advance the nonproliferation goals of the PSI and its Statement of Interdiction Principles.

The Commonwealth of Dominica is the 99th country to endorse the PSI. The PSI Statement of Interdiction Principles is currently endorsed by countries on six continents. PSI participants commit to undertake measures to interdict illicit transfers of WMD-related items, exchange relevant information, and strengthen national legal authorities.

The Commonwealth of Dominica announced its endorsement of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Statement of Interdiction Principles with the following declaration by the Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica:

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Proliferation Security Initiative seeks to establish a more coordinated and effective basis through which to impede and stop shipments of weapons of mass destruction, delivery systems, and related materials flowing to and from states and non state actors. This initiative is consistent with the norms of national legal authorities and with relevant international law and frameworks, including the UN Security Council.

The commissioning this morning of two interception vessels, the "P.B. Lugay" and the "P. B. Royer", brings to seven, the number of interdiction vessels at our disposal…Our government is grateful to the United States for the gift of these two modern interdiction vessels; the addition of these assets to our marine response and interdiction capabilities, not only symbolizes one aspect of our response in pursuing the objectives of the Proliferation Security Initiative, and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, but also further cements the bonds of our enduring friendship.”

The Proliferation Security Initiative, started in Krakow, Poland in 2003, and will be approaching its 10th Anniversary in May 2013. The United States believes there should be the broadest possible participation in the PSI by all responsible states, to further strengthen international cooperation against trafficking in WMD, their delivery systems, and related materials.

For more information on the Proliferation Security Initiative, please see the State Department’s website: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/c10390.htm.