March 17, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Praises International Agreement on Weapons Smuggling in Gaza

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today praised an agreement on efforts to halt the smuggling of weapons in Gaza.  In addition to halting illegal weapons, the agreement, which was signed by Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, will provide a comprehensive strategy for enhanced cooperation and coordination for information and intelligence sharing, diplomatic engagement and military and law enforcement activities.

"The entire international community has a responsibility to stop the weapons smuggling in Gaza," Senator Gillibrand said.  "I praise Secretary Clinton and President Obama for their leadership.  This Program of Action will strengthen our efforts across the board - from gathering intelligence to establishing lasting security for Israel."

Working with our partners, the United States is committed to move forward quickly with the new mechanism to block arms shipments to Gaza -- a major threat to regional peace and security putting innocent lives of Israelis and Palestinians at risk.  Countries engaged in the Program of action will meet on a regular basis to review information and combine efforts.