All articles from: December, 2014

Secretary Kerry: Cuba Policy Changes Include Critical Focus on Improving Respect for Human Rights

This new course will not be without challenges, but it is based not on a leap of faith but on a conviction that it’s the best way to help bring freedom and opportunity to the Cuban people, and to promote America’s national security interests in the Americas, including greater regional stability and economic opportunities for American businesses.

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Charting a New Course on Cuba: White House Fact Sheet

Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

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Ambassador Robert Wood: U.S. Perspectives on the Opportunities and Challenges of Nuclear Disarmament

U.S. Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament Robert Wood

As President Obama has said, the path to zero will require patience and persistence. It requires a broad strategy aimed at strengthening the nonproliferation regime, preventing nuclear terrorism, and pursuing concrete steps that build a foundation for future progress and lead in the direction of nuclear disarmament.

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U.S. Statement on the Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention

The United States does not support and will not attend the December 17 meeting of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which we believe risks politicizing the Geneva Conventions.

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Ambassador Michael Punke’s Statement Delivered at the 12th WTO Trade Policy Review of the United States

The United States places high value on the trade policy review process. This process remains vitally important for promoting greater awareness and understanding of Members’ trade policies and practices.

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Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman Travel to Geneva / P5+1 Negotiations

Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and the American negotiating team will meet on December 15–16 with Iranian officials in Geneva.

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Statement by the U.S. Delegation to the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia

The United States reaffirmed its strong commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, and called on Russia to fulfill all of its commitments under the 2008 ceasefire agreement.

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President Obama Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Human Rights Week

The desires for freedom and opportunity are universal, and around the world, yearnings for the rule of law and self-determination burn within the hearts of all women and men.

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A/S Anne Richard: U.S. Plans to Lead in Resettling Syrian Refugees


Resettlement cannot replace what refugees have lost or erase what they have endured. But it can renew hope and help restart lives.

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Ambassador Hamamoto: I am pleased to express my government’s strong support for the UNHCR 2015 Global Appeal


On behalf of the United States Government, I am honored to pledge an initial $125 million towards this appeal. This matches our initial pledge for 2014.

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