Ambassador Samantha Power's Remarks at a UN Security Council Stakeout on Ukraine
"After three years of slaughter and savagery, people rightfully will question whether progress is possible, but this resolution holds the promise of something real. The proof is on paper. By naming the areas in Syria where sieges must be lifted, demanding that hospitals, schools and other places where civilians gather must be demilitarized, insisting that aid must be allowed to cross borders and follow the most direct routes to the suffering, and by underscoring that attacks against civilians, including barrel bombing, must end, the international community hasn’t minced words. This is a resolution of concrete steps to answer the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today."
- Secretary of State John Kerry’s Statement on the UN Resolution on Syria (Feb 22)
"This could be a hinge-point in the tortured three years of a Syria crisis bereft of hope. This overdue resolution, if fully implemented, will ensure humanitarian aid reaches people in Syria whose very lives depend on it. This is all about saving innocent lives and relieving the burden on Syria’s neighboring countries."
- Secretary of State John Kerry’s Statement on UN Security Council Resolution on Syria (Feb 22)

Statement from members of the UN Security Council during press conf. following their visit to Mali

  • We have noted a clear desire on the part of all Malian stakeholders to find a sustainable solution to the recurring crisis in Mali. 
  • We reiterate our readiness to support the efforts of the Malian parties through the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and MINUSMA. 
  • We congratulate the parties for the progress made in the implementation of the Agreement, in particular the discussions within the CSE and CTMS which have led to tangible progress (the vacating of sites, the release of some prisoners, and the beginning of the cantonment process). 
  • We have noted a certain slowdown in the process; however, following our meetings with the Malian authorities, armed groups, civil society and the international community in Mali, we are encouraged by the fact that there is a willingness to move forward. 
  • We urge the parties to engage in inclusive discussions in order to find a sustainable solution without preconditions. It is imperative to start these discussions as soon as possible and with a clear timetable. This political framework is necessary to consolidate security gains; to encourage the process of cantonment, ultimately leading to a veritable DDR process. 
  • We support all the efforts of bilateral and multilateral partners to contribute to this goal and encourage the participation of the parties in seminars on lessons learned, cantonment and development. 
  • We must remain vigilant, particularly in a context of asymmetric challenges. The absence of an inclusive political framework carries the risk of exploitation by “troublemakers”. 
  • We encourage the government to continue to deploy the administration particularly in the north to restore basic social services.

Ambassador Samantha Power and the United Nations Security Council recenty made a 2-day visit to Mali to support the people as they stand up to extremists and pursue democracy. [Source: US Mission to the UN Facebook Page]

Watch live now: Happening now at the UN - Security Council debate on ‘Women, Peace & Security’ - Watch live at http://webtv.un.org 

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Sudan-South Sudan Consultative Forum

 

"Ultimately, the success or failure of the transition depends on the choices made by Yemen, by Yemen’s government and by Yemen’s people; that is both appropriate and it is a challenge for all of us to work as diligently as we can to attain the goal we all seek: a Yemen that is stable, confident, at peace with itself and its neighbors, and moving in the right political and economic direction."
- Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Sudan-South Sudan Consultative Forum
Highlights: US Security Council Presidency

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial on the Great Lakes at the United Nations in New York, NY on July 25, 2013. Read More

As president of the UN Security Council this month, the United States convened an open debate to focus on the protection of journalists in armed conflict this morning. Read remarks by Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at today’s UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: Protection of Journalists. 

As president of the UN Security Council this month, the United States convened an open debate to focus on the protection of journalists in armed conflict this morning. Read remarks by Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at today’s UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: Protection of Journalists

US, UNSC Condemn North Korea Nuclear Tests

“To address the persistent danger posed by North Korea’s threatening activities, the UN Security Council must and will deliver a swift, credible, and strong response by way of a Security Council resolution that further impedes the growth of DPRK’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and its ability to engage in proliferation activities.”

- Ambassador Susan E. Rice

"The United States welcomes adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution on the situation in Mali. The resolution, cosponsored by the U.S., supports a comprehensive approach to addressing the overlapping governance, security, and humanitarian crises affecting Mali, which is an urgent priority of the United States."
- Press Statement Patrick Ventrell, Acting Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC; December 21, 2012
Assessing Developments in Mali: Restoring Democracy and Reclaiming the North

Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson address the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs today.

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