Joint US-EU Statement on Post-Presidential Elections’ Situation in Belarus

The United States and the European Union reiterate their call for the immediate release of the presidential candidates and the over 600 demonstrators who have been taken into custody in the wake of the presidential elections in Belarus. We strongly condemn all violence, especially the disproportionate use of force against presidential candidates, political activists, representatives ...
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Human Rights Council Special Session on Cote d’Ivoire – U.S. Statement

Ambassador Betty E. King: The United States deplores the growing violence and recent human rights violations and abuses occurring in Cote d’Ivoire and the deterioration of security. We deeply regret the loss of life during the demonstrations and call for all Ivoirians to remain calm and peaceful. Reports of mass human rights violations and abuses, ...
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Press Conference Following the Conclusion of the Fourteenth Round of the Geneva Discussions

I was pleased to lead our delegation to the 14th round of the Geneva Discussions. One of the most important developments since the last round of the Geneva discussions was President Saakashvili’s statement on the non-use of force to the European Parliament. At the Geneva talks today we welcomed that unilateral declaration on the non-use ...
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U.S. Supports UN Declaration on the Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

The decision to support the Declaration represents an important and meaningful change in the U.S. position, and resulted from a comprehensive, interagency policy review, including extensive consultation with tribes. While the Declaration is not legally binding, it carries considerable moral and political force and complements the President’s ongoing efforts to address historical inequities faced by ...
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United States Prevails in WTO Section 421 Safeguard Dispute with China

Today United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel found in favor of the United States in a dispute brought by China challenging the imposition of additional duties on imports of Chinese tires under the transitional safeguard mechanism included in China’s Protocol of Accession to the WTO.
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The Biological Weapons Convention Annual Meeting of States Parties

The Annual Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention began Monday in Geneva and is scheduled to conclude on Friday, December 10, 2010. Ambassador Laura Kennedy, the United States Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, leads the U.S. delegation as the U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Issues.
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U.S. Statement at the Annual Meeting of States Parties of the Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention

Parties to the BWC have committed to assist one another in the event of a biological weapons attack. This commitment is complemented by the commitments under the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations to collaborate in the detection, assessment of, and response to public health emergencies of international concern, because a biological weapons attack may ...
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Ambassador Laura Kennedy Named U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues

Laura Kennedy, the United States Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, has been named as the U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues. Amb. Kennedy will serve in these two capacities concurrently, and as BWC Special Representative will report to the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN), the Department of ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Hong Kong, China

We appreciate the efforts of both the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and the Secretariat in producing the reports circulated prior to this meeting. These reports provided comprehensive details on the developments in Hong Kong’s economic and trade policy since its previous review in 2006.
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Let’s Get Back to Work with Russia: We Need New START in Force

The lack of regular data exchanges and on-site verification measures means that our understanding of Russian missile and bomber forces will diminish over time. As General Chilton, Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, has said: “Without New START, we would rapidly lose insight into Russian strategic nuclear force developments and activities, and our force modernization ...
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