Closing Statement | 2016 EEDIM

On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank you Ambassador Pohl, and the German Chairmanship, Dr. Yigitgüden, and the staff of the Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities for organizing this year’s Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting (EEDIM). We also thank our panelists and OSCE field officers ...
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Opening Statement | 2016 EEDIM

Good morning, fellow delegates, representatives, and distinguished guests. On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank you, Ambassador Pohl, Chair of the Permanent Council, and the German delegation, as well as Dr. Yigitguden, Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, and your staff, for the tremendous work organizing this week’s Economic and ...
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Constitutional Referendum in Tajikistan: Statement to the PC

We take note of the statement by Tajikistan on the constitutional referendum held May 22. The United States is concerned that some of the constitutional amendments approved, as well as some recent legislation, may have a negative impact on the democratic development of the country.  We are concerned that a new constitutional amendment which essentially ...
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Ambassador Hrebičkova back to the Permanent Council for another comprehensive and detailed report. The United States strongly supports Montenegro’s Euro-Atlantic integration and NATO membership, which offer the best assurances for independence, security, and economic development. Montenegro’s membership in NATO will contribute to the stability of the Balkans and Europe. Ambassador Hrebičkova, ...
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On developments in Macedonia: Statement to the PC

The United States is closely following developments in Macedonia. Disclosures made last year in recordings obtained from illegal wiretaps raised concerns about possible electoral fraud, media manipulation, and corruption, suggesting a failure to uphold Macedonia’s OSCE commitments. The United States welcomes ongoing efforts to implement the Przino Agreement, which represents Macedonia’s best path forward out ...
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Independence of the judicial system, with a focus on judges and prosecutors (part II): HDIM 2015, Session 7

The United States supports discussion among OSCE participating States on the implementation of commitments regarding independence of the judicial system. Strong constitutional and legislative protections are tools participating States can utilize to ensure the integrity of their respective judicial systems. Moderator, last year, the United States called for the Kosovo Government and Assembly, in conjunction ...
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Independence of the judicial system, with a focus on judges and prosecutors: HDIM 2015, Session 6

Moderator, in the 1990 Copenhagen Document, participating States recognized the need to protect the independence of prosecutors and judges. The 1991 Moscow Document further elaborated on the need to prohibit improper influence on judges. While the need for judicial independence is clearly a human rights concern, the independence of the judiciary is also a truly ...
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Response to the OSCE Coordinator for Economic and Environmental Activities: Statement to the PC

We also take this opportunity to extend our deepest condolences to all of the families and loved ones of those who were on board Germanwings 9525. We share your deep sadness and grief at this time. The United States welcomes Dr. Yigitgüden to the Permanent Council as he presents his latest report as OSCE Coordinator ...
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