Napolitano says US will not blacklist airports in fight against global.
Napolitano called here Thursday for international collaboration to strengthen
cyber, cargo and aviation security and ensure the security and resilience of
the global supply chain systems against terrorism.
Speaking at an event organized by the Brussels-based think tank European
Policy Centre this afternoon, she noted that any disruption in the global
supply chain will have repercussions on global economy.
Napolitano said that she met here earlier today with Secretary General of
the World Customs Organization (WCO), Kunio Mikuriya, and discussed
international efforts in particular of the customs to ensure the security of
air cargo and the global aviation supply chain following unsuccessful attempts
late last year to use air cargo as a delivery mechanism for explosive devices.
The WCO headquarters is also based in the Belgian capital.
The US official, however, said she does not believe that blacklisting
airports that lack in security check capabilities is the best way to enhance
security and fight terrorism.
Instead, she said, there should be international cooperation to address the
deficiencies at the airports.
Speaking at the same event, Mikuriya said global trade is the foundation of
global prosperity and any attempt to compromise or disrupt the global trading
system requires a swift and concerted response from all international
"The international customs community will be doing all it can to secure air
cargo through a combination of measures, including enhanced risk management,
strengthened cooperation, wider intelligence and information-sharing, further
research and supportive capacity-building activities," he underlined.
Napolitano met with EU officials here yesterday to discuss international
collaboration to strengthen the global supply chain systems against terrorism,
transnational crime and natural disasters.
Napolitano's visit to Belgium follows stops in Ireland, Afghanistan, Qatar
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|Date:||Jan 6, 2011|
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