Opening Session of the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference

Opening Session of the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference As prepared for delivery by Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Kathleen A. Kavalec to the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference, Vienna June 27, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Last year, I delivered an intervention at this conference asking participating States to consider what we as ...
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Conventional Arms Control and Building Confidence- and Security-building Measures: Problems and Prospects

In parallel we can – and, in fact, have begun to – engage in a comprehensive dialogue on our security concerns, to explore all the factors that are currently contributing to a sense of lessening stability and security in Europe. We must work toward finding practical ways to reverse those negative trends. The United States ...
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Ambassador Baer’s Interview with Gazeta.ru

One of the things that gets misunderstood is that while it is true that it is difficult to reach consensus today in the OSCE, on most things, there is agreement by at least 55 or 56 States. It is usually one or two holdouts. When it’s one, it’s usually the Russian Federation. And when it’s ...
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On Ministerial Council Declaration “From Lisbon to Hamburg: On the 20th Anniversary of the OSCE Framework for Arms Control” | Interpretative Statement

On the occasion of the adoption of the Hamburg Ministerial Council Declaration, “From Lisbon to Hamburg: Declaration on the Twentieth Anniversary of the OSCE Framework for Arms Control,” the United States of America would like to make the following interpretative statement under paragraph IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure. We note that the declaration ...
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Statement on Behalf of NATO Countries: Statement at the Ministerial Council

This statement is delivered on behalf of the following participating States: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America as well as my own country, Lithuania. ...
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ASRC 2015, Special Session: European Security and the Role of the OSCE

The discussions over the past two and a half days underscore the continued relevance of and need for the OSCE’s role in European security. The United States has, in each of the sessions, emphasized the necessity for all participating States to implement their Helsinki commitments fully. We have also noted our concern that there are ...
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ARSC 2015, Special Session on Ukraine: Address by Lieutenant General Ben Hodges

Mr. Chair, Ambassadors, Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon. It is an honor for me to be with you today at this Special Session on Ukraine — in this 40th anniversary year since the landmark Helsinki Accords were signed in 1975. Since then, the OSCE has been an indispensable part of European security architecture, ...
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ASRC 2015, Opening session delivered by DAS John Heffern

Good morning everybody – it is an honor to be here with you from Washington to share the conversation at this important conference these couple of days. Last year, we had an intervention at this conference, and at that intervention we asked participating States to consider what we, as an international community, need to do ...
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Open Skies Review Conference: Conventional Arms Control in Europe in a Changing European Security Environment

Thank you very much for this opportunity to speak with you this morning. Distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, it is truly a pleasure for me to return to the Hofburg to address the Parties to the Open Skies Treaty. Thank you, Minister Mikhnich, for your leadership and thanks to Belarus for serving as the chair ...
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Open Skies Treaty Review Conference: Opening Statement

Mr. Chairperson, Ambassadors, distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. It is a pleasure to be here to address the third Review Conference. I’ve had the privilege of working with many of you on conventional arms control issues, including Open Skies. As you know, implementing this Treaty requires a high-level of commitment, extensive coordination between ...
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