Canada and the United States Cooperate to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism

(No. 19 - January 22, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will contribute $10 million toward U.S. efforts to detect and secure dangerous nuclear and radiological materials in Russia and Ukraine.

"These projects, which will help prevent terrorists from acquiring dangerous nuclear and radiological materials, are fundamental to the protection of Canadian and international security," said the Minister. "Our contribution confirms Canada's strong partnership with the new U.S. administration to ensure North America's security through concrete counterterrorism and nuclear non-proliferation measures."

Canada's contribution will fund the installation of radiation-detection equipment at key border crossings in Ukraine. The equipment will help prevent illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radiological materials. Canadian funds will also go toward recovering and securing vulnerable, highly radioactive sources powering navigational devices, such as lighthouses, in Russia. These sources could be used to construct a radiological dispersal device, or "dirty bomb."

All these measures are being taken through the Global Partnership Program, Canada's contribution to the G8's Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Canada has pledged up to $1 billion over 10 years to the Partnership, which addresses a number of practical non-proliferation, counterterrorism and security issues related to weapons of mass destruction.

Please visit the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration news release on the same topic.

For an earlier release on Canada's contributions to nuclear security, please visit Canada Announces $5 Million to Upgrade Border and Airport Security in Ukraine to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism.

Please consult the Global Partnership Program for more information.

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