Regarding Russian Occupation of Georgia, Ambassador Gilmore Acknowledges “Wake Up Call” for the “Most Serious Situation We’ve Seen in Years”

Regarding Russian Occupation of Georgia, Ambassador Gilmore Acknowledges “Wake Up Call” for the “Most Serious Situation We’ve Seen in Years” PRESS RELEASE | November 15, 2019 Vienna, November 14, 2019 – Responding to the reports by the co-chairs of the Geneva International Discussions on the situation in Georgia, Ambassador James Gilmore, head of the U.S. …

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Introductory Remarks for the Film Screening of “Love, Sonia” at HDIM 2019

Introductory Remarks for the Film Screening of “Love, Sonia” As prepared for delivery by Deputy Assistant Secretary Roger D. Carstens, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor during the 2019 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw Thursday, 19 September 2019 The United States is pleased to cosponsor this ODIHR event. Raising awareness of trafficking in …

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US Statements at the 2019 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

HDIM brings together hundreds of civil society representatives and government officials from North America, Europe, and Central Asia for talks to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms. These participants review how the 57 OSCE participating States are implementing the full range of their human rights commitments, including those on: fundamental freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, …

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Closing Statement at the 27th OSCE EEF Concluding Meeting in Prague

Closing Statement at the 27th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum Concluding Meeting in Prague As delivered by Political Officer Dustin DeGrande September 13, 2019 Thank you, Mr. Chair, As we conclude this week of rich discussion that sets us on the road to the Ministerial Council in Slovakia in December, I would like to thank …

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Ambassador Gilmore and UK Ambassador Neil Bush discuss OSCE contribution to Euro-Atlantic security

Ambassador Gilmore and UK Ambassador Neil Bush discuss OSCE contribution to Euro-Atlantic security PRESS RELEASE | August 28, 2019 USOSCE Ambassador James Gilmore and Ambassador Neil Bush, Head of the United Kingdom’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), met on August 29 to confer on vital emerging foreign policy for …

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Ambassador Gilmore meets with Heads of Finnish and EU Delegations to the OSCE

“Principles enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act are as applicable in 2019 as they were on its signing in 1975,” agreed USOSCE Ambassador James Gilmore, EU Head of Delegation Ioannis Vrailas, and Finnish OSCE Permanent Representative Päivi Laivola de Rosière at a working lunch August 27 PRESS RELEASE | August 28, 2019 Ambassador Gilmore yesterday …

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“Free and Fair Elections are the Foundation of Every Healthy Democracy,” Ambassador Gilmore says at NASED Conference

“Free and Fair Elections are the Foundation of Every Healthy Democracy,” Ambassador Gilmore says at NASED Conference in Austin, Texas PRESS RELEASE | July 17, 2019 “Free and fair elections are the foundation of every healthy democracy, ensuring that government authority derives from the will of the people,” U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for …

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ASRC: Special Meeting of the Structured Dialogue

Annual Security Review Conference: Special Meeting of the Structured Dialogue As delivered by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Christopher Robinson, Vienna, June 26, 2019 I want to begin by recognizing you, Ambassador Boender, for your efforts to advance the Structured Dialogue (SD) this year. Since its launch in Hamburg in …

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ASRC: Stability and Security in light of Developments with Respect to Ukraine

Annual Security Review Conference: Special Session on Ensuring Security and Stability in the OSCE region in Light of Developments with Respect to Ukraine As delivered by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Christopher Robinson, Vienna, June 25, 2019 With the conflict in Ukraine now in its sixth year, we should collectively …

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Prosecution of Four Suspects in MH17 Case

Prosecution of Four Suspects in the MH17 Case As delivered by Acting Deputy Head of Mission Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna June 20, 2019 As U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo stated yesterday: “The United States welcomes the announcement today regarding the indictment of four individuals for their role in the downing of …

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Introductory Remarks for the Film Screening of “Love, Sonia”

Introductory Remarks for the Film Screening of “Love, Sonia” As prepared for delivery by Janice Helwig, Representative of the Helsinki Commission to the U.S. Mission to the OSCE, at ODIHR’s film screening, Vienna May 27, 2019 The United States is pleased to co-sponsor this ODIHR event. Raising awareness of trafficking in persons is an important …

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Joint Statement on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

JOINT STATEMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS As delivered by Ambassador René Dinesen, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the OSCE, at the closing session of the 2018 OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, December 7, 2018, Milan, Italy I have the honor to make this statement on behalf of the following 45 participating States: Albania, Andorra, …

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Remarks at a Ukraine-Hosted Side Event on Russian Aggression in Crimea and the Sea of Azov

Remarks at the Ukraine-Hosted Side Event at the 2018 OSCE Ministerial Council On Russian Aggression in Crimea, the Kerch Strait, and the Sea of Azov As delivered by Assistant Secretary of State A. Wess Mitchell December 6, 2018 Thank you, Pavlo, for organizing this important event. The past four years of Russian aggression against Ukraine …

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USA at the 2018 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE September 7, 2018 U.S. Delegation to the 2018 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Ambassador Michael G. Kozak will lead the U.S. delegation to the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to be held …

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ASRC – Special Session: Ensuring Security and Stability in Light of Developments with Respect to Ukraine

Annual Security Review Conference Special Session: Ensuring Security and Stability in the OSCE Region in Light of Developments with Respect to Ukraine As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Harry Kamian Vienna, June 26, 2018 My colleague Kurt Volker has compellingly described the increasingly devastating human crisis on the ground in Ukraine. I will add only …

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On the 5+2 Transnistrian Settlement Process

Statement on the 5+2 Transnistrian Settlement Process As delivered by Political Counselor Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna June 14, 2018 The United States joins others today in welcoming substantive progress in the Transnistrian Settlement Process, endorsed at the recent round of 5+2 talks held in Rome May 29-30. As an observer to the …

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Russia’s Ongoing Violations in Ukraine

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Harry Kamian to the Permanent Council, Vienna June 14, 2018 Mr. Chair, intense fighting near the Donetsk Filtration Station led to a temporary suspension of its operations last week, jeopardizing the …

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