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Remarks by DCM Kelly Degnan EXBS-DTRA Equipment Donation Ceremony for Kosovo Institutions

July 20, 2012

Thank you Deputy Director General Jankovic, Mr. Fejza, and Mr. Ilazi for your warm welcome.  I’m delighted to be able to represent the U.S. Embassy today to showcase our joint efforts with the Government of Kosovo to halt the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction and other dangerous technologies.

The United States’ donation of over $364,000 in inspection and detection equipment, along with expert training, will ensure that Kosovo’s law enforcement officers have the tools they need to more effectively control exports of sensitive and potentially dangerous equipment.

This new training and improved equipment will also help Kosovo officials in their efforts to investigate potential WMD-related incidents along Kosovo’s border.

Today’s donation is a direct result of the cooperative agreement signed by the Government of Kosovo and the United States to stop the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction.  And we are proud of the close collaboration between local officials and the U.S. International Counterproliferation Program.

Furthermore, bolstering law enforcement’s capacity to halt illicit and lethal exports helps stem the global spread of WMD material, and makes it possible for Kosovo to comply with international regulations and best practices.

Over the long-term, this U.S. government assistance that we see here today, will help advance the professionalism and effectiveness of Kosovo’s public institutions, and contribute to building a safer and more secure Kosovo.  We’re very pleased with the successes we have achieved thus far, and look forward to deepening our collaboration to stop illegal trafficking in dangerous materials.

This donation is another illustration of the effective partnership between our two countries, and of the United States’ enduring commitment to helping to build a stronger Kosovo.  Together we are partners in building a stronger and safer world.