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Napolitano says US will not blacklist airports in fight against global.

US Secretary for Homeland Security Janet

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

and Israel.

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Date:Jan 6, 2011
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