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Presidential Determination -- South Sudan

May 19, 2014 Presidential Determination No. 2014-09 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Relating to South Sudan By the authority vested in me... Read More

Behind Putin's Cynicism and Hypocrisy

You can usually figure what Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing and why by noting the actions and values he falsely projects onto others. Over the past several weeks, for... Read More

Empowering Cambodia’s Youth Benefits Everyone

Just a few weeks ago, U.S. President Barack Obama held a Town Hall with youth from ASEAN member nations as part of his Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. I was... Read More

Ambassador Power Remarks for the University of Vermont Commencement

(Applause) President Sullivan, trustees, faculty, alumni, parents and especially the incredible members of the class of 2014 – Good morning and Hallelujah! (Applause) I am most honored to be among... Read More

Syrian Media Activists and Journalists Remain Steadfast

In Syria, the conflict has entered into its fourth year. Since March 2011, Bashar al-Asad has refused to heed the call of the Syrian people to step aside. He has... Read More

The Threat of Boko Haram

MODERATOR: Well, thank you all for coming. It’s a great honor for us to have Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman with us today. Ambassador Sherman was sworn in... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Report of Chief Monitor for the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Apakan back to the Permanent Council and thanks him for his very informative report on a mission that is central to this Organization’s focus. ... Read More

Secretary Kerry Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Today of all days, we are reminded that the cause of justice can and must triumph over hatred and prejudice. This is a day of action for lesbian, gay, bisexual,... Read More

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Hollande of France

President Obama spoke with French President Hollande today about the situation in Ukraine. The Presidents underscored that Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues its provocative and destabilizing... Read More

Secretary Kerry on 70th Anniversary of Crimean Tatar Deportation

The 70th anniversary of Joseph Stalin’s forcible deportation of more than 230,000 Crimean Tatars from their homeland in Crimea weighs especially on our minds today. The suffering caused by this... Read More

Ten Things the United States Is Doing To Counter Boko Haram

Nigeria has the continent’s largest population and largest economy, and it plays a vital role in efforts to resolve crises and promote stability and prosperity in West Africa and beyond.... Read More

Fact Sheet: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Human Rights Issues

“People everywhere long for the freedom to determine their destiny; the dignity that comes with work; the comfort that comes with faith; and the justice that exists when governments serve... Read More

President Obama on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014

Tomorrow, as we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should... Read More

President Obama on the 60th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Ruling

Tomorrow marks 60 years since the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the first major step in dismantling the “separate but equal” doctrine that... Read More

Ambassador Baer Condolences to Victims of Mining Tragedy in Turkey

Thank you, Mr. Chair, and obviously we have Ambassador Apakan here today as well, who is a representative of all of us but also of Turkey. I join many other... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Ambassador Szabó, OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan

The United States welcomes to the Permanent Council the Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Ambassador Gyorgy Szabó. Ambassador, we thank you for your presentation and ongoing efforts to support Uzbekistan in... Read More

U.S. Deeply Disturbed by Court Ruling in Sudan Apostasy Case

We are deeply disturbed over the sentencing today of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag to death by hanging for apostasy. We are also deeply concerned by the flogging sentence for adultery.... Read More

Joint Statement on the Occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, and in recognition of Finland’s ongoing and increasing commitment to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and... Read More

Friends of Syria Core Group (London 11) Communique

Following is the text of the communique agreed upon by the Ministers of the London 11 countries at a meeting held in London on May 15, 2014. Begin text: We... Read More

Secretary Kerry Press Availability in London

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. First of all, let me just thank Foreign Secretary William Hague for his terrific hosting today, convening all of us together to be able to... Read More



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