Secretary of State John Kerry at the Opening Session of the OSCE Ministerial | Statement to the 2016 Ministerial Council

Friends and colleagues, we meet in Hamburg today to reaffirm the same idea that tied us together in Helsinki 41 years ago: that our collective security is directly linked to the growth of our economies and the protection of basic human rights. Read More»

Trafficking in Human Beings | Statement at Working Session 7 of HDIM 2016

The United States offers its continued support in the effort to save lives and protect those who are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking, including migrants and refugees. Europol has reported that known smuggling and human trafficking gangs are working together to exploit migrant vulnerabilities. This is particularly concerning given the influx last year of 90,000 ... Read More»

Response to OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Statement to the PC

Minister Steinmeier, we are pleased to welcome you to the Permanent Council as Chairperson-in-Office. We offer our sincere thanks to you, to Ambassador Pohl and the excellent German delegation here in Vienna, and to all those working in Berlin as part of the OSCE task force, for taking on the Chairmanship of the OSCE in ... Read More»

On the Decision on the 2016 Unified Budget: Statement to the PC

The United States wishes to make an interpretative statement under paragraph IV.1(A) 6 of the Rules of Procedure of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The United States commends the efforts of the German Chairmanship, particularly those of Mr. Erik Tintrup and Ms. Ilona Salaba, during challenging budget discussions this year. Without such ... Read More»

Response to German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank Walter Steinmeier: Statement to the PC

We warmly welcome Minister Steinmeier to the Permanent Council, and thank him for outlining Germany’s priorities for its upcoming OSCE Chairmanship. We also thank him and our German friends for taking on the responsibility of the 2016 Chairmanship at this critical period for the OSCE and for Europe. Minister Steinmeier, as you observed, Germany will ... Read More»
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