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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Response to Altai Efendiev, Secretary General of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development

We share the concerns of Organization for Democracy and Economic Development member states about the active and protracted conflicts in this region, and are deeply concerned by continuing violations of member states’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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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.
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova

The United States warmly welcomes you, Ambassador Scanlan, to the Permanent Council. We thank you for another comprehensive report on the work of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, and on the resumption of talks in the framework of the 5+2 Settlement Process on the Transnistrian Conflict. Your straightforward assessment of the situation and insightful perspectives ...
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Response to the Report by the Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center | Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Ambassador Peško back to the Permanent Council, and thanks him for his report. At the outset, let me commend the dedicated and talented staff members of the Conflict Prevention Center (CPC) and their work to support the OSCE’s response to our shared security challenges – in particular, Russian aggression against Ukraine. ...
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Closing Remarks | Statement at the Closing Plenary of HDIM 2016

As the 2016 HDIM draws to a close, my delegation wishes to share some observations that will shape our approach to the OSCE Ministerial in Hamburg. First: Helsinki Final Act Principles linking respect for human rights within states to lasting security among states could not be more relevant. These foundational principles are under siege and ...
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Tolerance and Non-Discrimination | Statement at Working Session 10 of HDIM 2016

Respect for the rights of persons belonging to national minorities is a cornerstone of the Helsinki Final Act. We underscore the importance of maintaining the independence of the High Commissioner on National Minorities and ODIHR.
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Democratic Institutions | Statement at Working Session 1 of HDIM 2016

Elections are an essential element of democracy and a cornerstone of democratic institutions. The U.S. greatly appreciates the OSCE’s invaluable role in election observation – indeed, this organization has developed what is known as the “gold standard” for its methodology on evaluating elections.
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On the 5+2 Talks on the Transnistrian Settlement Process: Statement to the PC

The United States would like to join the European Union in applauding the resumption of the 5+2 talks on the Transnistrian Settlement Process last week in Berlin.  We express our appreciation to the German Chairmanship-in-Office and our support and encouragement to the sides for taking this step.  The United States continues to support a comprehensive ...
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Response to the Report by OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors: Statement to the PC

High Commissioner Thors, the United States welcomes you back to the Permanent Council after an especially busy and productive period.  Your report today and the country visits you have made in the past six months demonstrate a commitment to carry out your work wherever needed. The United States very much values your engagement throughout the ...
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova: Statement to the PC

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Scanlan back to the Permanent Council, and we thank him for another comprehensive report. Ambassador Scanlan, thank you for sharing not only the substance of the work that you and your team do, but also your perspectives on the way forward. I think this kind of counsel is particularly ...
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ASRC 2015, Working Session 1: Early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management

Early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, conflict resolution and post-conflict rehabilitation: lessons learned and the way ahead Let me begin by expressing my government’s concern over the failure again this year to include on today’s agenda specific reference to the existing protracted conflicts affecting Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. These real conflicts in this region ...
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova: Statement to the PC

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Scanlan to the Permanent Council, and we thank you for your comprehensive and, even more importantly, frank report. The United States strongly supports the OSCE Mission to Moldova. The Mission performs a crucial role in efforts to broker a comprehensive settlement to the Transnistria dispute by facilitating direct dialogue ...
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The U.S. is a strong supporter of GUAM’s valuable work: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes you to the Permanent Council, Secretary General Valeri Chechelashvili, and we thank you for your presentation today. The United States is a strong supporter of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM — and the valuable work of the Organization in promoting deeper economic links among its member states ...
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