Facing Security Challenges and Enhancing Co-operation | OSCE Mediterranean Conference

Thank you Secretary General, and thank you to the participants in today’s meeting for sharing your concerns and comments. I would like to keep my remarks brief and underscore a few key points: First of all, the Mediterranean Partners have always been part of the security landscape of the OSCE area – as we’ve heard ...
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Right of Reply to Russia and the CSTO at Working Session IV | Statement at the 2016 ASRC

I wanted to reply to the request from the CSTO for a speaking role at ministerials, and to just emphasize that there is a long-standing practice that organizations that both have a founding philosophy and approach that overlaps with that of the OSCE, as well as have over a third or 40 per cent of ...
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Countering Terrorism – Transnational Threats in the OSCE Area | Statement at the 2016 ASRC

Thank you, Mr. Chair. And thank you to all of our speakers for their presentations. As the tragic attack that occurred in Istanbul this week demonstrated, the scourge of terrorism is a deplorable reality that affects far too many of us, tears at the fabric of our societies, and causes the suffering of our citizens. ...
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Response to the Secretary General on Activities to Counter VERLT: Statement to the PC

We welcome report on the activities of OSCE field operations in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism. This survey demonstrates that the OSCE is an active and experienced player in the field of countering violent extremism (CVE) and is dedicated to turning principled commitments into practical, result-oriented activities. The 2015 ...
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Interpretive Statement under Paragraph IV.1(A) 6 of the Rules of Procedure of the OSCE

In connection with the Ministerial Council Declaration on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism just adopted, and in accordance with paragraph IV.1 (A) 6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure, the United States would like to make the following interpretive statement: We reiterate that the OSCE’s efforts to counter violent ...
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Protection of human rights and fighting terrorism: HDIM 2015, Session 8

Since the OSCE HDIM in 2014, the United States appeared before the UN Committee Against Torture, where we engaged in an open and forthright discussion on the United States’ record on issues ranging from police use of force, to the wide range of civil remedies for seeking redress in cases of torture, to the former ...
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ASRC 2015, Working Session 3: The OSCE and its Neighborhood

I want to thank the panelists for highlighting a number of issues from terrorism, irregular migration, regional stability, that are shared concerns for all of us. And we welcome the opportunity to address some of these security challenges from the perspective of the neighborhood. I will comment on three general areas. First – the increasing ...
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ASRC 2015, Working Session 2: Transnational Threats and Challenges

With its cross-dimensional approach to security based on a common understanding of threats we all face, the OSCE is a vitally useful, collaborative platform from which to respond to the most pressing transnational threats (TNTs). Addressing Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Violent Extremism While the foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) phenomenon is not new, its recent scale ...
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Response to Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Astana: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Ambassador Zarudna back to the Permanent Council, and thanks her for her report. Ambassador Zarudna, with the adoption of a new mandate in December 2014, the former OSCE Center in Astana has transitioned to the current Program Office. We hope that the Program Office has been able to continue to work ...
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan: Statement to the PC

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Müller back to the Permanent Council. Ambassador, we thank you for your report and for the outstanding work you and your staff are doing in Tajikistan. We continue to support much of the traditional programmatic activity your office undertakes, as well as your efforts to address new activities in ...
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On International Women’s Day: Enhancing the role of women in countering violent extremism: Statement to the PC

March 8, 2015, marked the 104th observance of International Women’s Day. We observe the day by taking time to reflect on progress, to call for change, and to commemorate acts of courage and determination by women who have made a difference in their communities and countries. President Obama has made advancing the status of women ...
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Response to the Spanish Secretary of State for Security and the Ambassador of Morocco: Statement to the FSC/PC

We’d also like to thank State Secretary Martinez Vazquez as well as the distinguished Ambassador of Morocco for their presentations this morning, and for their countries’ strong commitment to the fight against terrorism. We all want to do more to harden transatlantic security and stand together to address common threats. In particular by degrading and ...
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