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Secretary Kerry at the World Economic Forum

Well, Klaus, thank you very, very much. It’s an enormous pleasure for me to be back in Davos and to have this opportunity to be able to share some thoughts... Read More

USOSCE on Conviction of Azerbaijani Opposition Activist Yadigar Sadiqov

The United States is concerned about the conviction and imprisonment of Yadigar Sadiqov on charges of hooliganism on January 13. Mr. Sadiqov was a political activist and an advisor to... Read More

USOSCE Concern About the Construction of Barriers Within Georgian Territory

The United States shares the concerns expressed by the EU and Georgia regarding reports of the creation, in the run up to the Sochi Olympics, of a “security zone” inside... Read More

USOSCE Statement on Events in Ukraine

The United States is alarmed by the deaths of demonstrators and the continued escalating violence taking place in Kyiv as a result of the disturbing and anti-democratic legislation that was... Read More

USOSCE Response to the Reports by the Chairpersons of the Economic and Environmental Committee and Human Dimension Committee

We thank Ambassador Algayerova and Ambassador Kvile for their reports to the Permanent Council today, detailing their plans for their committees in the year ahead, and we welcome this opportunity... Read More

Ambassador Power on Cessation of Hostilities Signing and Ongoing Threats Against the UN Mission in South Sudan

Today’s signing of a cessation of hostilities between the Government of South Sudan and the opposition forces is a first step in the right direction. More innocent lives are being... Read More

Execution of Mexican National Edgar Arias Tamayo

On January 22, 2014, the State of Texas executed Edgar Arias Tamayo, following his conviction for the murder of a Houston, Texas police officer in 1994. Mr. Tamayo was a... Read More

President Obama on Cessation of Hostilities in South Sudan

I welcome today’s signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement in South Sudan, which is a critical first step toward building a lasting peace. Now, South Sudan’s leaders need to... Read More

Ambassador Power Remarks at a Ford Foundation Gathering of Civil Society

Thank you so much for that wonderful introduction. I'm blushing. You just can't see through the freckles. It's really great to be here and to see so many friends. This... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Intervention at the Geneva ll International Conference on Syria

Thank you very much, Secretary Ban, and thank you, Ambassador Brahimi, for your commitment to helping the Syrian people find a new future. And I join with Foreign Minister Lavrov... Read More

U.S. on Reported Deaths in Ukraine Street Clashes

The United States strongly condemns the increasing violence on the streets of Kyiv, which has led to casualties and the shooting deaths of two protesters. We urge all sides to... Read More

President Obama and Vice President Biden on Sexual Assault Prevention

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Folks, let me start off by telling you why I’ve never had a doubt about joining this man on the ticket and why I’m so proud of... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Selection of New Transitional President of the Central African Republic

The United States welcomes the selection of Catherine Samba-Panza as Transitional President in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). As C.A.R.'s first woman head of state since the country’s independence, and... Read More

U.S. on Political Tensions in Thailand

The United States strongly condemns increasing violence in Bangkok that has resulted in deaths and injuries. We urge Thai authorities to investigate these attacks and bring those responsible to justice.... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the Syrian Opposition Coalition Votes to Attend Geneva II Peace Negotiations

This is a courageous vote in the interests of all the Syrian people who have suffered so horribly under the brutality of the Assad regime and a civil war without... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Egypt's Constitutional Referendum

Egypt's turbulent experiment in participatory democracy the last three years has reminded us all that it's not one vote that determines a democracy, it's all the steps that follow. It's... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Disappearance of Ilham Tohti

We are deeply concerned by reports that Beijing police have taken into custody prominent economics professor Ilham Tohti on January 15, together with at least six of his students. The... Read More

Freedom of Expression and the Rule of Law for Building Prosperous Societies

Thank you very much, Professor Zhu. I am so pleased to be back at Renmin University before my tenure as United States Ambassador to China ends. Some of my most... Read More

Remarks by President Obama on Review of Signals Intelligence

THE PRESIDENT: At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the “The Sons of Liberty” was established in Boston. And the group’s members included... Read More

White House Fact Sheet on Review of U.S. Signals Intelligence

FACT SHEET: Review of U.S. Signals Intelligence In the latter half of 2013 and early 2014, the United States Government undertook a broad-ranging and unprecedented review of our signals intelligence... Read More


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