Opening Statement at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting

Opening Statement at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting As delivered by Bahram Rajaee, Political Officer Vienna October 19, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Good morning, delegates and distinguished guests. I would like to begin by thanking Ambassador Hasani and the Albanian OSCE Chairmanship, and the Office of the Coordinator for Economic and …

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On the Situation in the Kyrgyz Republic after Parliamentary Elections

On the Situation in the Kyrgyz Republic after Parliamentary Elections As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 16, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States supports a peaceful and democratic transition in the Kyrgyz Republic.  It is clear that one of the obstacles towards democratic …

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On Events in and Around Nagorno Karabakh

On Events in and Around Nagorno Karabakh As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 16, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair.   Thank you, France, for sharing our joint Statement from the Minsk Group Co-Chairs.  In my national capacity I would like to note that the United States welcomed …

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On Recent Developments in Belarus

On Recent Developments in Belarus As delivered by Deputy Political Counselor Lane Darnell Bahl to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. As in recent weeks, today, it is impossible for us to ignore the ongoing events in Belarus.  Not a single case has been opened by Belarusian authorities to review …

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Commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child

Commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child As delivered by Deputy Political Counselor Lane Darnell Bahl to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. On October 11, the United States, together with the international community, commemorated the International Day of the Girl.  Empowering and educating girls so they can thrive …

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Worsening Human Rights Situation in the Transnistrian Region of the Republic of Moldova

Worsening Human Rights Situation in the Transnistrian Region  of the Republic of Moldova As delivered by Deputy Political Counselor Lane Darnell Bahl to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair.  The United States reiterates our support for the 5+2 settlement process to peacefully resolve the Transnistrian conflict.  Actions that erode trust and goodwill undermine that process, which is …

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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Last week, we heard from Ambassadors Grau and Cevik.  We strongly value the unbiased views of …

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Response to the Report by the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Val Richey

Response to the Report by the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Val Richey As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.    The United States welcomes OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings …

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Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Jan Braathu

Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Jan Braathu As delivered by Deputy Political Counselor Lane Darnell Bahl to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States warmly welcomes you, Ambassador Braathu, for your final address at the Permanent Council in …

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Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar on Defending and Promoting Rule of Law Principles

Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar on Defending and Promoting Rule of Law Principles Thirty years ago, our heads of state and government gathered in Paris and voiced one of the most critical tenets of our relations: “We undertake to build, consolidate, and strengthen democracy as the only system of government of our nations.” The …

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Addressing Emerging Economic and Good Governance Challenges through Open Data and Digital Tools

Addressing Emerging Economic and Good Governance Challenges through Open Data and Digital Tools As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III October 9, 2020 Thank you, Iris, for your introduction. I’d also like to commend your management of such a significant project for the Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities.  Central …

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Right of Reply on Death Penalty

Right of Reply on Death Penalty As delivered by Political Counselor Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 8, 2020  Thank you, Mr. Chair.    In response to the statements issued by the European Union, the United States would like to exercise our Right of Reply. International law does not prohibit capital punishment, and each …

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Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar: Combating Racism and Discrimination against the Roma and Sinti rights

Statement at the Human Dimension Webinar: Combating Racism and Discrimination against the Roma and Sinti rights October 5, 2020 The United States appreciates the opportunity to address the issue of combating racism and discrimination against the Roma and Sinti at today’s webinar.  While we regret that we were unable to meet at the Human Dimension Implementation …

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On Developments in the Human Dimension in the OSCE Region

On Developments in the Human Dimension in the OSCE Region As delivered by Political Counselor Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 1, 2020 Mr. Chair, the United States deeply regrets that the ongoing CoViD-19 pandemic prevented us from convening in Warsaw for the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting.  We look forward to doing …

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On Developments in Nagorno-Karabakh and Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan

On Developments in Nagorno-Karabakh and Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Special Permanent Council, Vienna September 29, 2020 The United States is deeply concerned by reports of large-scale military action along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh region that has resulted in a significant number …

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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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