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. Chairman. I want to express my appreciation to my Kyrgyz colleague raising this topic today under “Any Other Business.” I would note that my government just announced it intends ... Read More»

On Presidential Elections in Moldova

On Presidential Elections in Moldova As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 19, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. The United States congratulates Moldova on their recent election.  We also congratulate Maia Sandu on being elected the president of Moldova.  Since 1991, the United States has been a dedicated ... Read More»

On Human Rights Violations in Belarus

On Human Rights Violations in Belarus As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 19, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.   The European Union is right.  And we follow on behind their statement.  The right to peaceful assembly is one that Americans jealously defend.  But it’s more than that, Mr. Chairperson.  ... Read More»

On 75th Anniversary of Nuremberg Tribunal

On 75th Anniversary of Nuremberg Tribunal As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 19, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am pleased to make a comment on the 75th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Tribunal.  November 20 marks 75 years since the opening of the “Major War Criminals Trial” ... 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 19, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Last week, the Special Monitoring Mission released its most recent thematic report on civilian casualties in the conflict-afflicted areas of eastern Ukraine.  This report ... Read More»

Response to Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Henrik Villadsen 

Response to Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Henrik Villadsen As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 19, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you, Ambassador Villadsen, for your very successful presentation today. We welcome you back to the Permanent Council.  It has been a few eventful months since your last appearance before ... Read More»

Right of Reply to the Russian Federation on the Representative of the OSCE Joint Latvian-Russian Commission on Military Pensioners

Right of Reply to the Russian Federation on the Representative of the OSCE Joint Latvian-Russian Commission on Military Pensioners As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 19, 2020 I don’t want to speak very long, but let me simply state to my Russian colleague:  I am confused about ... Read More»

Response to the Representative of the OSCE Joint Latvian-Russian Commission on Military Pensioners

Response to the Representative of the OSCE Joint Latvian-Russian Commission on Military Pensioners As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 19, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairperson, and thanks to Dr. Frohbart also very much for his report. Thank you, sir, for being here and giving your report. ... Read More»

Response to the Report of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

Response to the Report of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 19, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.   My thanks also to Ambassador Kasprzyk, Ambassador Popov, Ambassador Visconti, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Andrew Schofer, and Lieutenant Colonel Mustafaraj.  The ... Read More»

Statement on the Conflict in and around Nagorno Karabakh

Statement on the Conflict in and around Nagorno Karabakh As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 12, 2020 Thank you Madam Chair. The United States, as one of the three Minsk Group co-chairs, welcomes the apparent ceasefire and cessation of fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.  We have ... Read More»

Response to the Continuing Provocative Actions and Non-Transparent Military Convoys Movements in the Security Zone of the Republic of Moldova

Response to the Continuing Provocative Actions and Non-Transparent Military Convoys Movements in the Security Zone of the Republic of Moldova As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 12, 2020 Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States commends Moldova for raising a number of concerns at the Permanent Council ... Read More»

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

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 12, 2020 Thank you, Madam Chairperson. As part of a broader program to destabilize its sovereign neighbor, Russia has fomented and financed a ... Read More»

Statement on the Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation

Statement on the Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 12, 2020 Thank you, Madam Chairperson. The United States commends our Mediterranean as well as our Asian Partners for Cooperation for progress in mirroring the principles and commitments of participating States, thereby extending the concept ... Read More»

Response to the Address by the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

Response to the Address by the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 12, 2020 Thank you Madam Chair.   The United States warmly welcomes to the Permanent Council the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions: EU ... Read More»

On the Continuing Provocative Actions and Non-Transparent Military Convoy Movements in the Security Zone of the Republic of Moldova

On the Continuing Provocative Actions and Non-Transparent Military Convoy Movements in the Security Zone of the Republic of Moldova As delivered  by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 6, 2020 Thank you, Madam Chair.   We welcome the information presented by my esteemed colleague of Moldova, and we reserve the ... Read More»

Right of Reply to the Russian Federation on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Right of Reply to the Russian Federation on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists As delivered  by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 6, 2020   Thank you, Madam Chair.   In respect for my colleagues time on a beautiful Friday, I will be brief but ... Read More»

Statement of the informal OSCE Group of Friends on the Safety of Journalists

Statement of the informal OSCE Group of Friends on the Safety of Journalists delivered by H.E. Christine Fages, Permanent Representative of France to the OSCE to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 6, 2020 Madam Chair, I make this statement on behalf of the informal OSCE Group of Friends on the Safety of Journalists, namely Austria, ... Read More»

On the Joint Statement of the Three Co-chairing Countries of the OSCE Minsk Group

On the Joint Statement of the Three Co-chairing Countries of the OSCE Minsk Group As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 5, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. In my national capacity, I would like to add that the United States welcomes the steps agreed under the auspices of the Minsk ... 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 November 5, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  On October 29, the OSCE’s Observer Mission at the Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints issued a spot report confirming another Russian convoy—the 97th!—crossing into Ukraine via the Donetsk Border Crossing Point.  The Mission observed a total of six ... Read More»

Right of Reply to the Report under the Moscow Mechanism in Relation to Belarus

Right of Reply to the Report under the Moscow Mechanism in Relation to Belarus  As delivered  by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 5, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I’ve listened closely to the discussions that have been held from some of the other countries and I think it’s ... Read More»

U.S. National Statement on the Report under The Moscow Mechanism in Relation To Belarus

U.S. National Statement on the Report under The Moscow Mechanism in Relation To Belarus As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 5, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  Mr. Chairman, the United States thanks OSCE Moscow Mechanism Rapporteur Professor Wolfgang Benedek for his compelling, thorough, and exceptionally well documented report.  ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Report under The Moscow Mechanism in Relation to Belarus

Joint Statement on the Report under The Moscow Mechanism in Relation to Belarus Statement Delivered by H.E. René Rosager Dinesen, Ambassador of Denmark to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 5, 2020   Mr Chair, I am delivering this statement on behalf of the following delegations who, acting together, on 17 September invoked the Moscow Mechanism ... Read More»

On the report by Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities

On the report by Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 5, 2020 Thank you very much I appreciate your courtesy in particular with the challenges of the proceeding speakers. Mr. Chairman, I want again to repeat, the United States wants ... Read More»

Statement of Condolence to the Greek and Turkish Victims of the October 30 Earthquake

Statement of Condolence to the Greek and Turkish Victims of the October 30 Earthquake     I wish to express my sincere condolences to the people of Greece and Turkey for the losses suffered in Izmir, Chios, and Samos and the surrounding areas due to the earthquake in the Aegean on October 30, 2020.  We ... Read More»

Right of Reply on “Gross Violations of Human Rights in the USA” Raised by Russia

Right of Reply on “Gross Violations of Human Rights in the USA” Raised by Russia As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 29, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Since the distinguished representative from Russia has mentioned my country, I’d like to exercise my Right of Reply. As ... Read More»

Statement regarding the Conflict In and Around Nagorno-Karabakh

Statement regarding the Conflict In and Around Nagorno-Karabakh As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 29, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. We too would like to take this opportunity to express our condolences to the people of France and those who were affected by today’s tragic terrorist ... Read More»

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

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 29, 2020 Thank you, Madam Chair. As October draws to a close, we are encouraged by another month of lower levels of ... Read More»

Response to the Report by the Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre

Response to the Report by the Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre, Ambassador Tuula Yrjölä As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 29, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States welcomes Officer in Charge Ambassador Yrola’s report on the activities of the Conflict Prevention Center at ... Read More»

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 22, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairman.   Earlier this year, in this Permanent Council, we marked the 45th anniversary of the Helsinki ... Read More»

U.S. Statement on the Position of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs on the Nagorno-Karabakh Settlement

U.S. Statement on the Position of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs on the Nagorno-Karabakh Settlement As delivered by Deputy Political Counselor Lane Darnell Bahl to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 22, 2020 The United States fully supports the efforts of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs to facilitate a ceasefire and to bring Armenia and Azerbaijan back to ... Read More»

Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Ambassador Claus Neukirch

Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Ambassador Claus Neukirch As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 22, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  We welcome Ambassador Neukirch to the Permanent Council and appreciate your report on the developments in Moldova and on ... Read More»

Statement on the 20th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security”

Statement on the 20th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security” As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 22, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  The United States welcomes the Albanian Chairmanship’s focus on Women, Peace and Security at the OSCE, and we thank Ambassador Verveer ... Read More»

Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar on Access to Information and Freedom of the Media

Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar on Access to Information and Freedom of the Media   The United States appreciates the opportunity to address the issues of access to information and freedom of the media at today’s webinar.  Freedom of information is essential for the implementation of Principle VII of the Helsinki Final Act, which recognizes ... Read More»

Closing Statement at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting

Closing Statement at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting As delivered by Bahram Rajaee, Political Officer Vienna October 20, 2020 Thank you, Madame Moderator. And thank you, once again, to the Chairmanship and Office of Economic and Environmental Activities for organizing this week’s Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting (EEDIM).  The discussions and ... Read More»

Opening Statement at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting

Opening Statement at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting As delivered by Bahram Rajaee, Political Officer Vienna October 19, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Good morning, delegates and distinguished guests. I would like to begin by thanking Ambassador Hasani and the Albanian OSCE Chairmanship, and the Office of the Coordinator for Economic and ... Read More»

Commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child

Commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child As delivered by Deputy Political Counselor Lane Darnell Bahl to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. On October 11, the United States, together with the international community, commemorated the International Day of the Girl.  Empowering and educating girls so they can thrive ... Read More»

Response to the Report by the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Val Richey

Response to the Report by the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Val Richey As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.    The United States welcomes OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings ... Read More»

Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Jan Braathu

Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Jan Braathu As delivered by Deputy Political Counselor Lane Darnell Bahl to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States warmly welcomes you, Ambassador Braathu, for your final address at the Permanent Council in ... Read More»

Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar on Defending and Promoting Rule of Law Principles

Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar on Defending and Promoting Rule of Law Principles Thirty years ago, our heads of state and government gathered in Paris and voiced one of the most critical tenets of our relations: “We undertake to build, consolidate, and strengthen democracy as the only system of government of our nations.” The ... Read More»

Addressing Emerging Economic and Good Governance Challenges through Open Data and Digital Tools

Addressing Emerging Economic and Good Governance Challenges through Open Data and Digital Tools As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III October 9, 2020 Thank you, Iris, for your introduction. I’d also like to commend your management of such a significant project for the Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities.  Central ... Read More»

Right of Reply on Death Penalty

Right of Reply on Death Penalty As delivered by Political Counselor Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 8, 2020  Thank you, Mr. Chair.    In response to the statements issued by the European Union, the United States would like to exercise our Right of Reply. International law does not prohibit capital punishment, and each ... Read More»

Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar: Combating Racism and Discrimination against the Roma and Sinti rights

Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar: Combating Racism and Discrimination against the Roma and Sinti rights October 5, 2020 The United States appreciates the opportunity to address the issue of combating racism and discrimination against the Roma and Sinti at today’s webinar.  While we regret that we were unable to meet at the Human Dimension Implementation ... Read More»

On Developments in the Human Dimension in the OSCE Region

On Developments in the Human Dimension in the OSCE Region As delivered by Political Counselor Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 1, 2020 Mr. Chair, the United States deeply regrets that the ongoing CoViD-19 pandemic prevented us from convening in Warsaw for the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting.  We look forward to doing ... Read More»

On Developments in Nagorno-Karabakh and Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan

On Developments in Nagorno-Karabakh and Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Special Permanent Council, Vienna September 29, 2020 The United States is deeply concerned by reports of large-scale military action along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh region that has resulted in a significant number ... Read More»

OSCE Gives Minority and Rural Youth Hope for a Future in Serbia 

Extra Budgetary Project success story: The “Legal Learning Project for Southwest Serbia," funded in part by the USOSCE is building the skills of more than 50 young professionals from Novi Pazar and its environs—with an emphasis on legal professionals—to better understand and operate within Serbia’s legal and public administration system. Read More»