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Statement by President Barack Obama on Armenian Remembrance Day

This year we mark the centennial of the Meds Yeghern, the first mass atrocity of the 20th Century. Beginning in 1915, the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths. Their culture and heritage in their ancient homeland were erased. Amid horrific violence that saw suffering on all sides, one and a half million Armenians perished.

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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres

During their meeting, they discussed the grave humanitarian crises facing Africa and the Middle East – from Kenya to Syria to Yemen – and addressed the significant needs of refugees and other displaced and conflict-affected persons.

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Statement by the United States at the April 22, 2015, DSB Meeting

See attached below the U.S. statement as delivered at the  April 22, 2015 meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) READ MORE (PDF)

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Job Announcement: Translator Speechwriter

The U.S. Mission in Geneva is seeking an individual for the position of Translator/Interpreter/Speechwriter.

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U.S. Opening Statement at the CCW Informal Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

The U.S. delegation is prepared to participate fully in this week’s discussions and while we will make specific comments during the upcoming sessions, we want to take this opportunity to provide some initial thoughts about the work ahead of us.

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Secretary Kerry: A Solid Foundation for the Good Deal That We Are Seeking

Secretary Kerry

We, our P5+1, EU partners, and Iran have arrived at a consensus on the key parameters of an arrangement that, once implemented, will give the international community confidence that Iran’s nuclear program is and will remain exclusively peaceful.

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EOP on Boko Haram Special Session Resolution

The United States joins consensus on the resolution presented at this special session in solidarity with the countless individuals affected by Boko Haram-related violence.

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EOP on item 8: Resolution Entitled “Contribution of the Human Rights Council to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem of 2016.”

The importance of respect for human rights is front and center in the UN drug conventions, a cornerstone of all international drug control policy, as well as in all the declarations and resolutions from the General Assembly and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). There is no dispute on the role of respect for human rights in drug control efforts. That is why we join consensus on this resolution.

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Statement by the United States at the March 25, 2015, DSB Meeting.

See attached below the U.S. statement as delivered at the March 25, 2015 meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) in Geneva. READ MORE (PDF)

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EOV on item 3: Resolution Entitled “The negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin to the countries of origin on the enjoyment of human rights, and the importance of improving international cooperation.,”

The United States regrets that the Human Rights Council has chosen again to make pronouncements in the highly technical areas of asset recovery, illicit finance, tax revenue generation, sovereign debt, arms control, organized crime and others, which we believe lie outside the appropriate scope of the HRC. For this reason, we must call a vote and vote NO on this resolution.

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