Joint Statement on invoking the Moscow Mechanism: Human Rights Violations and Abuses in the Russian Federation

According to a statement made by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media on 16 March 2022, “the Russian Federation is rapidly moving towards a situation of complete censorship and isolation of its citizens from any form of independent information” Read More»

Response to the OSCE Secretary General on the Implementation of the 2004 Gender Equality Action Plan

Through the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and ongoing support for UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the United States continues to advance the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women, in all their diversity, across diplomatic and foreign policy engagements. Read More»

Response to the Report by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov

Russia’s cynical attempt to use minority issues to justify its brutal war – a war which is wreaking death and destruction on Ukrainian citizens of many ethnicities, including ethnic Russians – is a chilling example of “the serious dangers of exploiting minority issues.”  Read More»

Response to the Report by the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Henrik Villadsen

We commend your longstanding efforts in support of the government of Ukraine on rule of law, human rights, democratization, and good governance, all of which are indispensable to Ukraine’s implementation of its OSCE commitments and to its future as a vibrant democracy.  Read More»

Right of Reply to the Russian Federation’s Current Issue “On biological programmes and activities of the United States of America in Ukraine”

Russia’s long track record of accusing others of the violations it itself is perpetrating, or plans to perpetrate, raises the possibility that the Kremlin may be laying the predicate for a false flag operation using biological or chemical weapons. Read More»

Response to the Report of the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Michael Davenport

The United States strongly supports the work of the Mission and appreciates our close collaboration to support Kosovo’s development as a secure, democratic, and inclusive member of the European community of nations.   Read More»

“Московський механізм”, задіяний 45 державами-учасницями ОБСЄ після погодження Україною

Звіт, підготовлений в рамках “московського механізму” ОБСЄ, є вагомим документом, у якому зафіксовані масштаби жорстокості російського уряду. Read More»

Продовження агресії Російської Федерації проти України: звірства, виявлені у звільненій Київській області

Cвіт вимагає справедливості після побачених шокуючих зображень масових вбивств, виявлених під час звільнення Бучі українськими військовими 2-го квітня. Read More»

Right of Reply to Belarus on the Russian Federation’s Ongoing Aggression Against Ukraine

Right of Reply to Belarus on the Russian Federation’s Ongoing Aggression Against Ukraine As delivered by Ambassador Michael Carpenter to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 24, 2022  Thank you, Mr. Chair. So, with regards to the intervention, just now, from the Belarusian representative, where he says that his country has no plans to attack Ukrainian ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the Group of Friends of  Georgia 

We reiterate our full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, and remain deeply concerned over the continued occupation of parts of the territory of Georgia by the Russian Federation as well as by steps to integrate Abkhazia and South Ossetia into the Russia's socio-economic sphere.     Read More»

Closing Statement at the 30th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum Preparatory Meeting

The United States will continue to emphasize the importance of the clean energy transformation, role and contributions of women and girls, minorities, and historically marginalized communities, and anti-corruption as key parts of the economic recovery from the pandemic.   Read More»

Response to Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Benedetto Della Vedova on the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Response to Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Benedetto Della Vedova on the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe As delivered by Ambassador Michael Carpenter to the Permanent Council, Vienna February 3, 2022 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you, Deputy Minister Della Vedova, the United States warmly welcomes you to the ... Read More»

On the Summit for Democracy

On the Summit for Democracy As delivered by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 10, 2021 Thank you, Madam Chair.  Yesterday and today, coinciding with International Human Rights Day, President Biden is hosting a Summit for Democracy.  As the OSCE has long recognized, democracy, the rule of law, ... Read More»

On the PC Decision on the Theme, Agenda, and Modalities for the 30th Economic and Environmental Forum

The United States welcomes the adoption of this decision and the 2022 Polish Chair’s efforts to promote comprehensive security, stability, and sustainable development in the OSCE area through sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More»

Joint Statement on OSCE’s Role in Supporting Security Sector Governance and Reform as part of OSCE’s Comprehensive Approach to Security | OSCE MC

An inclusive, accountable and democratically controlled security sector with respect for human rights and the rule of law can promote confidence and trust between society and state, and stability and peace in the entire OSCE region. Read More»

Joint Statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia | OSCE Ministerial Council

Thirteen years since the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Georgia, we remain deeply concerned over the continued occupation of parts of the territory of Georgia and underline the need for the peaceful resolution of the conflict based on full respect for the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and international law. Read More»

Welcome Remarks to the Group of Friends of Youth and Security as Group Co-Chair

Welcome Remarks to the Group of Friends of Youth and Security as Group Co-Chair As prepared for delivery by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Group of Friends of Youth and Security October 29, 2021 Thank you, Ambassador Makeyev. Dear Special Representative Marbinah, Special Representative Karimi, Ambassador Valdés, invited guests, colleagues: The last year and a half has been extraordinarily challenging ... Read More»

ASRC Closing Remarks

The United States, like most participating States here, agrees that a substantive update of the Vienna Document would go a long way in beginning to rebuild military stability, predictability, and transparency. Read More»

On the International Day of Youth

The Co-Chairs (Spain, Kyrgyz Republic, and United States) of the OSCE’s Group of Friends of Youth and Security would also like to recognize the International Day of Youth and give thanks to the young people who have supported their communities in the OSCE region and beyond—especially during the pandemic.  Read More»

One Year Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Election in Belarus

Three days ago, we marked the one-year anniversary of the August 9 fraudulent presidential election in Belarus and the subsequent violent crackdown by the Lukashenka regime. Today, our thoughts remain with Belarusians who continue to peacefully demand respect for their human rights and fundamental freedoms. Read More»

Joint statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia

Thirteen years since the Russian military invasion of Georgia, we remain deeply concerned over the continued occupation of parts of the territory of Georgia and underline the need for the peaceful resolution of the conflict based on full respect for the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and international law. Read More»

On Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea

Seven years after Russia’s attempt to annex Crimea and the launch of its armed aggression in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s ongoing occupation and militarization of Crimea and violent campaign in eastern Ukraine threatens European security. Despite the relative success of the Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire last summer, Russia persists in obstructing peace negotiations within the Trilateral Contact Group ... Read More»

Right of Reply to Russia On Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea

I just wanted to remind my esteemed Russian colleague that Moscow committed to all three of the Minsk agreements: the Minsk Protocol, signed September 5, 2014; the Minsk Memorandum of Understanding, signed September 19, 2014; and the Minsk Package of Measures, signed February 12, 2015, since you wanted us to talk about documents. Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Murphy

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Murphy As prepared for delivery by Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Murphy to the Cross Dimensional Committee Meeting on Anti-Corruption July 9, 2021   Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank the Committee Chairs and the Special Representative on Combating Corruption for organizing today’s event. The challenge ... Read More»

Statement on COVID

We commend the OSCE leadership and institutions for continuing their work under the difficult conditions imposed by the pandemic and express our condolences to the families and loved ones of OSCE staff who have been lost in the last year. Read More»

On Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea

On Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna April 15, 2021 Thank you, Madam Chair. For seven years, Russia has orchestrated a large-scale hybrid campaign against Ukraine, while denying its involvement and obstructing progress toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict.  ... Read More»

On Russia’s military activities near Ukraine’s border and in Russia-occupied Crimea

On Russia’s military activities near Ukraine’s border and in Russia-occupied Crimea  As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to a special joint session of the Forum for Security Cooperation and the Permanent Council, Vienna April 14, 2021 Thank you, Mister Chair. The United States joins other participating States in expressing our continued and considerable concern over Russia’s military activities ... Read More»

Meeting Requested by Ukraine under Vienna Document Chapter III Regarding Unusual Russian Military Activity  

United States Mission to the OSCE  Meeting Requested by Ukraine under Vienna Document Chapter III Regarding Unusual Russian Military Activity   April, 10, 2021 Thank you Madame Chair, The United States welcomes the decision by Ukraine to request this meeting regarding the Russian military activities near Ukraine’s border and in occupied Crimea.  We take note ... Read More»

Right of Reply to Russia on “Mass and Systemic Violations of Human Rights in the United States”

My esteemed colleagues raised quite a litany of issues pertaining to the United States, all of which were clearly learned about from U.S. media sources, so it is at least hard to imagine that there are legitimate complaints about media freedom in the United States. Read More»

Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Russia

In recent months, the Kremlin intensified its efforts to suppress independent voices and viewpoints, including those of members of civil society organizations, human rights defenders, independent journalists, political opposition members, and believers belonging to religious minority communities. Read More»

United States FSC Chairpersonship 2021 January-April

United States FSC Chairpersonship 2021 January-April   Press Releases: United States’ Chairpersonship will focus on fulfillment of commitments, rebuilding military transparency and confidence VIENNA, 20 January 2021 — Fulfilling commitments and rebuilding confidence and transparency are key steps to addressing new and long-standing politico-military issues in the OSCE region, said United States Acting Assistant Secretary ... Read More»

Remarks of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kara McDonald at the Expert Meeting on Combating Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Region

February 1, 2021 Thank you, Madame Moderator: I am Kara McDonald, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.  I am grateful to the Swedish Chair, Foreign Minister Linde, for affording me this early chance to underscore the Biden Administration’s deep commitment to combatting anti-Semitism, at home and abroad.  President Biden looks ... Read More»

On the PC Decision on the Theme, Agenda, and Modalities for the 29th Economic and Environmental Forum (PC.DD/49/20)

On the PC Decision on the Theme, Agenda, and Modalities for the 29th Economic and Environmental Forum (PC.DD/49/20) As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 17, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. Regarding the Economic and Environmental Forum, the United States wishes to make an interpretative statement under paragraph ... Read More»

Right of Reply on Death Penalty

Right of Reply on Death Penalty As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 17, 2020Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States would like to exercise our Right of Reply in response to the statements issued by the European Union. As one who at one time had the power ... Read More»

U.S. National Statement on OSCE Minsk Group

U.S. National Statement on OSCE Minsk Group As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 17, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. The United States, in our national capacity, welcomes the December 14 statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group after their visit to the region for consultations with the ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Violations and Abuses in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Violations in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation As delivered by Ambassador Jeroen Boender of the Netherlands to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 17, 2020 I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Moscow Mechanism invoking participating States: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the ... Read More»

Statement on the 51st Round of the Geneva International Discussions (Conflict in Georgia)

Statement on the 51st Round of the Geneva International Discussions (Conflict in Georgia) As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 17, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States welcomes the successful effort to convene the 51st round of the Geneva International Discussions in Geneva on December ... Read More»

Human Rights Violations in Belarus

Human Rights Violations in Belarus As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 17, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. Mr. Chairperson, at the final PC of the year, it is appropriate that we take stock of events in Belarus since the fraudulent August 9 presidential election.  We continue to ... Read More»

On Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea

On Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 17, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. This is our last Permanent Council meeting of 2020, your last as chairperson: one of the more difficult years in recent history for all ... Read More»

Response to the Report by the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Youth and Security, Keisi Seferi

Response to the Report by the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Youth and Security, Keisi Seferi As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 17, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you, Ms. Seferi, for your detailed report. The United States warmly welcomes you for your first ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries (U.S. National Statement)

Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries (U.S. National Statement) As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 11, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman.   The United States, in our national capacity, welcomes the December 3 statement by Minister Lavrov, Minister LeDrian, ... Read More»

Ongoing Violations of International Law by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

Ongoing Violations of International Law by the Russian Federation in Ukraine As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 10, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. During last week’s Ministerial Council meeting, the participating States of this Permanent Council rightfully focused much of our attention on Russia’s multi-year aggression against ... Read More»

Response to the Presentation of the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr. Peter Maurer

Response to the Presentation of the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr. Peter Maurer As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 10, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States warmly welcomes you, President Maurer, to the Permanent Council, and thanks you for your comprehensive report.  ... Read More»

Response to the Address by the Personal Representatives of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combatting Discrimination and Promoting Tolerance

Response to the Address by the Personal Representatives of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combatting Discrimination & Promoting Tolerance As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 10, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes to the Permanent Council the Chair-in-Office’s Personal Representatives on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination: Rabbi ... Read More»

Response to the Address by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms. Marija Pejčinović Burić

Response to the Address by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms. Marija Pejčinović Burić As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 10, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Secretary General Pejčinović Burić, the United States welcomes you in your second appearance here at the OSCE’s Permanent Council.  The ... Read More»

Chairmanship Statement on COVID-19

Chairmanship Statement on COVID-19 As delivered to the Ministerial Council, Tirana, Albania December 4, 2020   1. We, the ministers for foreign affairs of the participating States of the OSCE, have convened in a world profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 2. We recognize that COVID-19 constitutes an unprecedented global challenge, including to all participating ... Read More»

Joint Statement on UNSCR 1325

Joint Statement on UNSCR 1325 Statement Delivered by H.E. Didier Nagant de Deuxchaisnes, Ambassador of Belgium, to the OSCE Ministerial Counci Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 4, 2020 I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of the following 52 participating States: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Belarus

Joint Statement on Belarus Statement Delivered by H.E. Päivi Laivola de Rosière, Ambassador of Finland, to the OSCE Ministerial Council Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 4, 2020 I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of the following 36 participating  States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,  Estonia, France, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Ukraine

Joint Statement on Ukraine Statement Delivered by H.E. Anne-Kirsti Karlsen, Ambassador of Norway to the OSCE Ministerial Council Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 4, 2020 This Statement is delivered on behalf of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Vienna Document

Joint Statement on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Vienna Document Statement Delivered by H.E.Ulrika Funered, Ambassador of Sweden to the OSCE Ministerial Council Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 4, 2020 In this year, we celebrate thirty years of Vienna Document implementation in the OSCE area (ever since the adoption of the original version in ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia

Joint Statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia Statement Delivered by H.E. Aurimas Taurantas, Ambassador of Lithuania OSCE Ministerial Council Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 4, 2020 This statement is delivered on behalf of Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the ... Read More»

Interpretative Statements on the OSCE Leadership Decisions

Interpretative Statements on the OSCE Leadership Decisions As prepared for delivery by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the OSCE Ministerial Council Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 4, 2020  INTERPRETATIVE STATEMENT UNDER § IV.1(A)6 OF THE RULES OF PROCEDURE  OF THE OSCE ON THE DECISION FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF THE OSCE SECRETARY GENERAL Thank you, ... Read More»

OSCE Ministerial – Belarus Side Event Closing Remarks

OSCE Ministerial – Belarus Side Event Closing Remarks As prepared for delivery by DAS George Kent to the OSCE Side Event on Belarus Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 3, 2020 As we conclude today’s event, I want to express my government’s thanks to our UK colleagues, the other co-sponsors, and Minister Kofod of Denmark ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Secretary Biegun to the OSCE Ministerial Council Plenary Session

Remarks by Deputy Secretary Biegun to the OSCE Ministerial Council Plenary Session As prepared for delivery by Deputy Secretary Stephen E. Biegun to the OSCE Ministerial Council Plenary Session Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 3, 2020 It is an honor to join Ambassador Gilmore in representing the United States and Secretary Pompeo at this ... Read More»

Ambassador Reeker’s Remarks to the OSCE Side Event on Crimea

Ambassador Reeker’s Remarks to the OSCE Side Event on Crimea As prepared for delivery by Ambassador Philip T. Reeker to the OSCE Side Event on Crimea Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 3, 2020 Thank you, Foreign Minister Kuleba. It is an honor to speak at this event today and to join Ukraine and other ... Read More»

Right of Reply on the Situation in and around Nagorno Karabakh

Right of Reply on the Situation in and around Nagorno Karabakh As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 26, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Having listened to the conversation, I feel compelled to say a few additional things here before we adjourn, so all of us can enjoy ... Read More»

Statement on the Situation in and around Nagorno Karabakh

Statement on the Situation in and around Nagorno Karabakh As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 26, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  Please allow me this short statement.   The United States encourages the sides to work with the Minsk Group Co-Chairs to resolve the outstanding issues from the November 9 ... Read More»

U.S. Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

U.S. Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 26, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. In commemorating the International Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the United States reaffirms its strong commitment to gender equality and eradicating ... Read More»

Ongoing Violations of International Law by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

Ongoing Violations of International Law by the Russian Federation in Ukraine As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 26, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. At next week’s Ministerial Council, the first in a fully virtual format, we expect to see significant attention paid to the Russia-led conflict in ... Read More»

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dayton Accords)

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dayton Accords), Guest Speaker, Miroslav Lajcak As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 26, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. I want to acknowledge Mr. Lajcak.  I remember working with him when he was Chairperson in ... Read More»

Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania

Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 26, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the floor and thank you, Ambassador Del Monaco, for your thorough briefing this morning.  The United States warmly welcomes you for your first address ... Read More»

On Elections in the Kyrgyz Republic

On Elections in the Kyrgyz Republic As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 19, 2020   Thank you, Mr