All articles from: March, 2011

U.S. Military Pours Supplies, Equipment, Skills into Japan Relief

More than 18,000 U.S. military personnel have delivered 240 tons of supplies to quake-stricken Japan, with 19 ships and more than 130 aircraft participating in an operation they’re calling Tomodachi, the Japanese word for “friend.”

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President Obama Announces New Energy Security Measures

Today, my Administration is releasing a Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future that outlines the comprehensive national energy policy we’ve pursued since the day I took office. And here at Georgetown, I’d like to talk in broad strokes about how we will secure that future.

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Remarks of Ambassador King at the reception to welcome Steven L Smith, NASA Astronaut

U.S. Ambassador Betty King and NASA Astronaut Steven Smith

NASA Astronaut Steven Smith visited the U.S. Mission Geneva to share his experience in space and the lessons he’s learned in his work on the international space station. He visited schools in the area and encouraged children to follow their dreams whatever obstacles they might face. Mr. Smith also spoke to an audience of scientists and diplomats at the U.S. Mission to discuss the importance of collaboration by the international community in future endeavors into space.

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National Security Advisor on the Future of Nuclear Policy

Our preference is to negotiate the FMCT within the Conference on Disarmament, but it is becoming increasing doubtful that the Conference can achieve consensus to begin such negotiations. As a consequence, we will begin consultations with our allies and partners to consider an alternative means to begin FMCT negotiations. To be successful, we will encourage all permanent members of the Security Council and other relevant parties to participate in this effort.

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U.S. Intends to Pursue a Second Term on the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council - Archive Photo

..The United States remains determined to continue to push the Council to address a broad range of urgent and serious human rights concerns worldwide. To this end, the United States Government intends to pursue a second term on the Council at the Human Rights Council elections in New York in May 2012.”

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Ambassador Punke's Statement on the Doha Negotiations

Ambassador Michael Punke (Archive U.S. Mission Photo)

From talking with many of my colleagues in recent days, I know that there is a great deal of concern about the state of the negotiations and a strong desire for more transparency.

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President Obama’s Message to the People of Cote d’Ivoire

Now Cote d’Ivoire is at a crossroad and two paths lay ahead. One path is where Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters cling to power, which will only lead to more violence, more innocent civilians being wounded and killed and more diplomatic and economic isolation. Or Cote d’Ivoire can take another path.

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Statements by the United States at the March 25, 2011 DSB Meeting

1. SURVEILLANCE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS ADOPTED BY THE DSB

A. UNITED STATES SECTION 211 OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 1998: STATUS REPORT BY THE UNITED STATES (WT/DS176/11/ADD.100)

• Madame Chair, the United States provided a status report in this dispute on March 14, 2011, in accordance with Article 21.6 of the DSU.

• As has been noted, a number of legislative proposals that would implement the DSB’s recommendations and rulings in this dispute were introduced in the 111th Congress.

• The U.S. Administration will continue to work with Congress to implement the DSB’s recommendations and rulings.

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U.S. Statement: Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict resolution

Further UN consideration of this matter is not productive. We cannot support international oversight of these domestic legal processes absent any indication that they are manifestly failing to deal seriously with alleged abuses. The parties’ ongoing domestic processes should be left to play out of their own accord. Accordingly, we must call a vote, and vote against this resolution.

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Explanation of U.S. Vote on HRC Resolutions Related to Israel and Occupied Territories

In light of our overarching goals and the efforts we have devoted to peacemaking, we are deeply troubled to once again be presented with a slate of resolutions replete with controversial elements and one-sided references that fail to address the real challenges of the region.

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