OSCE Needs Assessment Mission for General Elections in the United States: Statement to the PC

Following our invitation to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and participating States to observe the November 8 U.S. general election, the United States hosted representatives of ODIHR and the Parliamentary Assembly for a Needs Assessment Mission May 16-20.  This was the result of weeks of close ...
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U.S. Chair Welcomes Adoption of Additional Cyber Confidence Building Measures

PRESS RELEASE | March 10, 2016 Recent debilitating cyberattacks in the OSCE region have put cybersecurity in the headlines and high on the agenda of government leaders. The ability to maintain networks that are secure, reliable, and resilient is increasingly seen as a critical to maintaining national security and many aspects of international commerce and ...
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Russia/Ukraine Dominates Foreign Ministers’ Meeting; Kerry Calls For Progress on Minsk

PRESS RELEASE | December 7, 2015 In his remarks at the opening of the annual OSCE Ministerial meeting –held this year in Belgrade-on December 3-4, Secretary of State John Kerry called for Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreements, including withdrawing Russian forces and weapons, in order to resolve the conflict in eastern ...
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Secretary Kerry Meets in Solidarity with Civil Society at OSCE Ministerial in Belgrade, Serbia

PRESS RELEASE | December 3, 2015 Today, Secretary of State John Kerry met with a group of civil society activists from Europe and Central Asia who had gathered in Belgrade during the Ministerial Meeting of the 57-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The activists were participants and leaders of the parallel civil ...
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USOSCE Marks the One Year Anniversary of the Downing of Flight MH17

PRESS RELEASE | July 17, 2015 Today marks the one year anniversary since the tragic deaths of 298 innocent lives – passengers, crew, men, women, children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers – on board Malaysian Air flight 17 when it was shot down over separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. Our sympathy and thoughts remain with the families ...
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U.S. Marks Ukraine Pilot Nadiya Savchenko’s Birthday with Continued Call for her Release

PRESS RELEASE | May 11, 2015 Today, May 11, marks the 34th birthday of Ukrainian hostage Nadiya Savchenko, who has been illegally detained for the past eleven months. Ms. Savchenko was seized by Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine in June 2014, and was illegally moved across the border and transferred to Russian custody. The continued detention ...
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U.S. Reiterates Call on Russia to Unshackle OSCE, Allow Observation of Entire Russia-Ukraine Border

PRESS RELEASE | United States Mission to the OSCE | March 12, 2015 In today’s Permanent Council meeting, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Ambassador Daniel Baer joined other representatives in expressing ongoing regret that the Russian Federation once again refused to expand the geographic scope of the Russian Checkpoint ...
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U.S. Welcomes Year-Long Extension of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission; Regrets Russian Obstructionism on Funding

PRESS RELEASE |  March 12, 2015 In today’s Permanent Council meeting, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Ambassador Daniel Baer welcomed the extension of the mandate of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission operating in Ukraine until March 2016. “The Special Monitoring Mission has had to adapt and has dealt ...
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U.S. Praises OSCE Monitors in Ukraine Amid Increasing Violence

PRESS RELEASE | February 5, 2015 In today’s Permanent Council meeting, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Ambassador Daniel Baer welcomed the efforts led by Turkish Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. Ambassador Apakan gave a sobering assessment of the situation on the ground ...
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U.S. Welcomes Serbian Chairmanship in First Permanent Council Meeting, Presents Goals for 2015

PRESS RELEASE | January 15, 2015 The U.S. delegation warmly welcomed Serbian Foreign Minister Dačić to the inaugural Permanent Council meeting for the Serbian OSCE Chairmanship on January 16, 2015. Launched in the wake of the recent tragic terror attacks in Paris, the Serbian Chairmanship will focus on swift implementation of the declarations recently adopted in Basel, particularly in countering foreign fighters and kidnap for ransom . ...
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OSCE Ministerial Held Against Backdrop of European Security Crisis

PRESS RELEASE | December 5, 2014 On December 4-5, 50 ministers led delegations to the 2014 Basel Ministerial of the OSCE, the 57-country European security body based in Vienna. Secretary of State John Kerry led the U.S. delegation. Russia’s destabilizing actions in Ukraine dominated the Ministerial’s plenary sessions. Joining others, Secretary Kerry urged Russia to fully implement the agreements they signed in Minsk, to end their destabilizing actions in Ukraine and elsewhere in the region. “Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and purported annexation ...
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Secretary Kerry Stands with Civil Society at OSCE Ministerial in Basel, Switzerland

PRESS RELEASE, December 5, 2014 Yesterday, Secretary of State Kerry met with civil society activists from Europe and Central Asia who had gathered in Basel during the Ministerial Meeting of the 57-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The activists were participants and leaders of the parallel civil society conference convened by the ...
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U.S. Welcomes Cyber Security Showcase Highlighting Confidence Building Measures

PRESS RELEASE | November 7, 2014 Today, the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship convened a meeting of government officials, civil society, private sector and other security experts to discuss progress and challenges in the realm of cybersecurity. The meeting will highlight the first year of implementation of the OSCE’s cyber confidence-building measures, sharing best practices, and identifying ...
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U.S. Announces $400K to tackle Explosive Hazards and Small Arms Challenges in Central Asia

PRESS RELEASE | November 6, 2014 The United States is pleased to announce $402,000 in assistance to the OSCE towards training and proper storage of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the Central Asia region. The funds will support two projects based in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. One grant of $120,000 will support ...
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U.S. Lauds Release of Handbook on Combating Forced Domestic Servitude

PRESS RELEASE | November 4, 2014 Today, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the OSCE Ambassador Daniel Baer joined Ambassador Madina Jarbussynova, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Representative of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the OSCE, the United Nations and the International Organizations in the ...
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US, EU decry backsliding on human rights, crackdown on activists in Russia, Azerbaijan

PRESS RELEASE | October 6, 2014 Russia once again found itself isolated at Europe’s largest human rights conference, when diplomats and activists gathered in Warsaw for the OSCE’s annual human rights meeting. At the closing session on October 3, the U.S. delegation called upon OSCE participating States to fulfill their commitments related to security, prosperity, ...
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U.S. Rejects Russian Federation’s Targeted Discrimination against Crimean Tatars and Other Minorities at HDIM

PRESS RELEASE September 29, 2014 Today, the U.S. delegation publicly rejected the Russian Federation’s targeted discrimination of Tatars and other ethnic minorities in Crimea, during the OSCE’s Human Dimension Implementation Meeting session on National Minorities. The meeting is held against the backdrop of threats to the fundamental principles upon which European security and the OSCE ...
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Russia Rejects Calls for Substantial Monitoring of Russian Side of Border

PRESS RELEASE | July 24, 2014 Today, as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Permanent Council convened, the United States, as well as other participating States, continued to mourn the shoot down of Malaysian Air flight 17 over separatist-controlled territory – a senseless tragedy in which nearly 300 innocent men, women and children lost ...
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Statement on the Security Incident in the Abkhazia Region of Georgia

As delivered by Political Counselor Christopher Robinson to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 8, 2012 The United States is concerned about the reports of several security incidents in Georgia along the Abkhazia Administrative Boundary Line (ABL).  We are troubled by the increase in security-related events in this area in the last three months, the latest ...
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