All articles from: December, 2011

Secretary Clinton on Agreement on Camp Ashraf, Iraq

Today, the United Nations and the Government of Iraq signed an important agreement on the temporary relocation and eventual resettlement of the more than 3,000 residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq. We commend the Government of Iraq for its work with United Nations Special Representative Ambassador Martin Kobler, and welcome this important step toward a humane resolution to the ongoing situation at Ashraf. The UN effort has our full support.

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State Department on Regime Violence in Syria

We condemn the Syrian military’s escalation of violence in Homs, Daraa and other cities prior to the deployment of the Arab League monitors. We have seen horrific pictures of indiscriminate fire, including by heavy tank guns, and heard reports of dozens of deaths, thousands of arrests, as well as beatings of peaceful protestors.

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U.S. Pleased With Outcome of 7th Review Conference of Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

Final document focuses on issues at the intersection of public health and international security that will help all the nations of the world confront some serious challenges in the years ahead.

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White House Fact Sheet: Successful Conclusion of BTWC Review Conference

The conference ended on a high note by endorsing a multinational work program for the next five years that promises to revitalize global efforts to reduce biological threats and advance objectives set forth in the President’s National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats.

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Clinton Condemns Violence Toward Women, Calls Women Peacemakers

Nobel Prize winners Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, center, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, behind, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf receive their medals December 10.

As the United States launches a new national action plan to advance women’s participation in making and keeping peace worldwide, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton decries recent violence against women in Egypt.

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The Christmas Tradition in America

National Christmas Tree in the White House Ellipse

As with so many aspects of U.S. cultural life, Christmas in the United States reflects the values of a free and diverse people.

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President Obama on the Horn of Africa Famine

“Today, on behalf of the U.S. Government and the American people, I am announcing an additional $113 million in emergency relief assistance for the Horn of Africa. This funding will support urgently needed food, health, shelter, water and assistance needs.”

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Statement by the United States at the December 22, 2011, DSB Meeting

European communities and certain member states – measures affecting trade in large civil aircraft.

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United States Welcomes Invitations to Montenegro, Samoa To Join World Trade Organization

United States Welcomes Invitations to Montenegro, Samoa To Join World Trade Organization USTR Press Release Geneva, Switzerland – U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has welcomed today’s decisions of Ministers at the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference formally inviting Montenegro and Samoa to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). “The United States will be pleased to work […]

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Clinton, EU’s Ashton on Concerns About Human Rights in Belarus

Today we remember the one year anniversary of the start of the brutal crackdown by the Belarus Government on civil society, political opposition and independent media.

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