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Ambassador Power on the Cease-fire Agreement for the Central African Republic

I welcome the announcement of a cease-fire agreement for the Central African Republic between ex-Seleka, anti-Balaka, and other armed groups that was signed July 23 in Brazzaville in the presence... Read More

Testimony: Modern Day Slavery and What We Buy

Thank you, Representative and Members of the Commission and entirely. Tom Lantos was a leading light in getting the Trafficking Victims Protection Bill passed and it was such an example... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Russian Federation on Crash of MH17 in Ukraine

I just wanted to respond to a couple of points raised by our distinguished Russian colleague. First, he said, “We will not engage in our own accusations or assessments.” So... Read More

Ambassador Baer on the Detention of Ukrainian Journalist Anton Skiba

The United States is deeply concerned by the detention of Ukrainian journalist Anton Skiba, after he was reportedly kidnapped two days ago outside a hotel in Donetsk by Russian-supported separatists.... Read More

Ambassador Baer Interpretative Statement on the Adoption of an Extension of the SMM Mandate

In connection with the decision to extend the mandate of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, the United States would like to make the following interpretative statement under paragraph... Read More

Ambassador Baer in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liquidation of the Romani Camp at Auschwitz

The night of August 2nd marks the 70th anniversary of the “liquidation” of the Romani camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, when the Nazis murdered 2,879 Romani men, women and children in the... Read More

USOSCE: Russia Rejects Calls for Substantial Monitoring of Russian Side of Border

PRESS RELEASE July 24, 2014 Today, as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Permanent Council convened, the United States, as well as other participating States, continued to mourn... Read More

Ambassador Baer Interpretative Statement on the Adoption of the Decision for the Deployment of OSCE Observers to Two Russian Checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian Border

Interpretative Statement on the Adoption of the Decision for the Deployment of OSCE Observers to Two Russian Checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian Border Pursuant to IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Case of Alexander Sodiqov

At last week’s Permanent Council meeting, the United States expressed its deep concern about the detention of Alexander Sodiqov by the authorities of Tajikistan. Today, we are happy to welcome... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine

One week ago, we all received the devastating news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. As victims’ loved ones continue to mourn, we are learning more about the... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to the Report by Ambassador Ralf Breth, Head of Mission, OSCE Mission to Skopje

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes Ambassador Breth to the Permanent Council, and we thank him for his comprehensive and valuable report. The United States strongly supports the... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to the President of the Venice Commission, Mr. Gianni Buquicchio

Mr. Buquicchio, we welcome you to the Permanent Council. We are pleased that you can join us today to describe your important work. Your report exemplifies the compatibility of the... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the UN Special Envoy for Syria

I am pleased to welcome the appointment of Mr. Staffan de Mistura as the new UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Syria. Mr. de Mistura brings a wealth... Read More

USAID Announces New Resources to Prevent Child, Early, and Forced Marriage

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced over $4.8 million this year to fund programs in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Tanzania, and Yemen to... Read More

U.S. Concerned by Convictions of Swazi Human Rights Lawyer and Journalist

The United States is deeply concerned by the convictions of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Their... Read More

Northern Town of Nasir South Sudanese Rebels Attack the Northern Town of Nasir

The United States condemns the South Sudanese opposition forces’ ground attack on the positions of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) in Nasir, Upper Nile State, on July 20. We call... Read More

President Obama on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I want to make a brief statement about the tragedy in Ukraine. Before I do, though, I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed... Read More

President Obama at Signing of Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination

THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House, everybody. I know I'm a little late. But that's okay because we've got some big business to do here. Many of you have... Read More

Executive Order -- Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity


Ambassador Power Explanation of Vote after a Vote on Security Council Resolution 2166 on the Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine

Today’s resolution calls for a full, thorough and independent investigation into the horrific downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. When 298 civilians are killed, we agree that we must stop... Read More


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