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Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia

The White House

2014-03-19

PRESIDENT GRYBAUSKAITE: (As interpreted.) Good afternoon. So today we had an important meeting with U.S. Vice President Biden and Latvian President Berzins. With our partners, we discussed the situation in... Read More

Remarks at a U.N. Security Council Open Briefing on Peacebuilding

U.S. Mission to the UN - New York, N.Y.

U.S. Alternative Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis

2014-03-19

Thank you to Deputy Secretary General Eliasson, PBC Chair Ambassador Patriota, and Administrator Clark for your presentations this morning. Madam President, maintaining international peace and security is a struggle we... Read More

Background Briefing on EU Coordinated P5+1-Iran Negotiations

Vienna, Austria

Senior Administration Official

2014-03-19

MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to today’s press backgrounder. We have up here our team; I know many of you are familiar with. You’ll hear today from . The press... Read More

Заявление о развертывании специальной миссии наблюдателей ОБСЕ в Украине

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Daniel B. Baer

2014-03-19

Большое спасибо, госпожа председатель. Позвольте мне вначале поблагодарить швейцарское председательство за попытку конкретно предложить решение вопроса, поднятого вчера Российской Федерацией. Хотел бы отметить, что, когда вы запросили комментарии по поводу вашего последнего предложения, опять же, в зале прозвучало только одно возражение. Это уже третий подобный случай в течение недели, что вызывает глубокое разочарование, особенно учитывая продолжающиеся публичные заявления Российской Федерации о том, что она поддерживает размещение наблюдателей на местах, осознавая насущную необходимость такого шага, и это ставит под сомнение искренность данных заявлений. В ответ на то, что, судя по всему, является здесь нерешенным вопросом, а именно, вопрос охвата, который вновь поднял , я так отвечу российскому делегату: вы сказали, что нужна ясность об охвате миссии. Тут все кристально ясно – миссия охватывает всю Украину. И, я мог бы добавить, украинское правительство желало запросить миссию, которая была ограничена по охвату тем или иным районом Украины. Россияне в течение выходных несколько раз говорили: “Нет, нет, мы хотим, чтобы миссия охватывала всю страну”. Так что теперь у нас есть текст, который полностью отвечает требованиям министра иностранных дел Лаврова. В оперативном пункте семь говорится: “...по всей Украине...” В названии указывается “Украина” без дискриминации и исключений. В оперативном пункте два говорится: “по всей стране”. Это четкая формулировка. Знаю, что министр иностранных дел Лавров публично и в частном порядке выражал озабоченность в отношении Западной Украины. Мы не разделяем оценку фактов на местах, которую продолжает продвигать министр Лавров, но ясно, что данный текст в его нынешнем виде содержит ответ на просьбу о конкретном обозначении охвата миссии: “по всей стране”. В том числе, как отметил , “север, юг, восток и запад”. Так что возникает вопрос, не играет ли министр иностранных дел Лавров в игру, правилам которой должна следовать бедная делегация, находящаяся здесь. Но мы не можем поддаваться извращенной логике, которую кто-то продвигает. Ответ на ваш вопрос таков: существует четкое обозначение географического охвата, оно включает в себя по всю территорию страны, чего требовало – и мы все должны это помнить – ваше собственное правительство. Был дан ответ, и был дан четкий ответ, и нет никакого оправдания отсутствию движения вперед. Благодарю вас, госпожа председатель. - Statement in English: Ambassador Baer on the Mandate for an OSCE Broad-Scope Monitor Mission to Ukraine - английский перевод - связанный: Заявление по Украине - 13 марта 2014 Read More

U.S. Statement on Adoption of the UPR WG Report on China

Human Rights Council 25th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Head of the U.S. Delegation and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Paula Schriefer

2014-03-19

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council The United States welcomes the return of the delegation from the People’s Republic of China to the Council... Read More

Ambassador Power Statement on Security Council Resolution 2146 on Libya

U.S. Mission to the UN - New York, N.Y.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

2014-03-19

Libya is in the midst of a difficult political transition after more than 40 years of dictatorship. We stand with those working to build a brighter, democratic future for the... Read More

Ambassador Power: U.S. Rejects Russia’s Military Intervention and Land Grab in Crimea

U.S. Mission to the UN - New York, N.Y.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

2014-03-19

Thank you, Madam President, and thank you Deputy Secretary General Eliasson and Assistant Secretary General Simonovic, for your briefings. The Representative of the Russian Federation began his intervention extolling the... Read More

Building Skills and Promoting Collaboration among the Middle East and North Africa’s Budding Journalists

USAID - Washington, D.C.

Wafaa El Adawy

2014-03-19

I have a rule of thumb when looking at the democratic transitions underway around the Middle East and North Africa. When the press is open and objective, I am optimistic.... Read More

Three Years After Start of Syria Conflict, Latest Report to Human Rights Council Details “Horrific” Violations

Human Rights Council 25th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Member of the U.S. Delegation

2014-03-18

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by Kim D’Auria-Vazira We welcome the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria and thank... Read More

U.S. Highlights Serious Continuing Human Rights Situations Around the Globe

Human Rights Council 25th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Delegation of the United States of America

2014-03-18

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by Peter Mulrean, Chargé d’Affaires Mr. President, The United States remains deeply concerned about deplorable human rights... Read More

U.S. on Suspension of Syrian Embassy Operations

Special Envoy for Syria, Daniel Rubinstein

2014-03-18

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Syrian revolution. For three years, Bashar al-Assad has refused to heed the call of the Syrian people to step aside. He has... Read More

Background Press Briefing by a Senior Administration Official on the Vice President's Trip to Poland and Lithuania

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

2014-03-18

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: This is on background as a senior administration official, and given the late hour, I’m going to beg your forgiveness for keeping it short. So the Vice... Read More

Concern About Situation of Minorities in Crimea; International Monitoring Teams Should Have Access

Human Rights Council 25th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Delegation of the United States of America

2014-03-18

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by Aleksandra Needham Thank you, Mr. President. The United States would like to express deep concern regarding... Read More

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

2014-03-18

President Obama spoke this morning with Chancellor Merkel regarding Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. The leaders condemned Russia’s moves to formally annex Crimea, which is a violation... Read More

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden with Prime Minister Tusk of Poland

The White House

Vice President Joe Biden

2014-03-18

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Mr. Prime Minister, these are challenging times. And I've known you for a while and the President and I have great respect for you, and we're absolutely... Read More

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland

The White House

Vice President Joe Biden

2014-03-18

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Mr. President, thank you very much.  Let me begin where you ended.  Russia has increased their budget. But I want to remind you, you have an ally... Read More

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden and President Toomas Ilves of Estonia

The White House

Vice President Joe Biden

2014-03-18

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Mr. President, I was pleased to have another chance to get together with you and speak with you today, and I appreciate the fact... Read More

Secretary Kerry Interview With Nikole Killion of Hearst Television

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry

2014-03-18

QUESTION: (In progress.) -- before we get to the budget, but we do want to talk about the news of the day when it comes to Ukraine and your response... Read More

Secretary Kerry Interview With Derek McGinty of Gannett, WUSA9 News

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry

2014-03-18

QUESTION: (In progress) … a good time or a bad time to argue with Congress about the 1 percent of our budget we put to foreign policy? SECRETARY KERRY: Oh,... Read More

Experts and Practitioners Discuss Global Trends in Civil Society

USAID - Washington, D.C.

Pamela Nwaoko and Kellie Burk, USAID Africa Bureau

2014-03-18

USAID relies on local civil society organizations (CSOs) to play important roles in the development and humanitarian efforts that we support worldwide. However, current trends of governments placing restrictions on... Read More



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