Chairman's Press

January 04, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Assassination Of Salman Taseer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement condemning the assassination of the governor of the Pakistani state of Punjab, Salman Taseer, who was gunned down today in Islamabad: "Governor Taseer was a proud champion of democracy and respect for the rights of women and minorities," said Chairman Kerry. "He fearlessly stood up to the threats of extremists, and lost his life in defense of moderation and tolerance, values shared… Continue Reading


December 31, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Sentencing Of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement on yesterday's sentencing of Mikhail Khodorkovsky to an additional six years in prison: "The whole Khodorkovsky episode raises concerns about the strength of the rule of law in Russia and will do little to calm concerns about the abuse of power in Moscow. The world needs a Russia where the rule of law is sacrosanct. In addition to human rights concerns, it is essential that American… Continue Reading


December 22, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Historic Passage Of New START

Washington, D.C. -Today the U.S. Senate approved a resolution of advice and consent to ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) by a vote of 71-26 continuing a tradition of bipartisan support for strategic arms agreements that spans four administrations. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement after the vote: "This historic Senate vote makes our country safer and moves the world further away from the danger of nuc… Continue Reading


December 22, 2010

Chairman Kerry’s Closing Floor Statement On New START

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today delivered closing remarks regarding the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) on the Senate floor. The full text of Chairman Kerry's remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, as we end our debate on the New START Treaty, I believe we can say the Senate has done its duty, and done it with diligence, serious purpose, and honor. And I am confident that our nation's security-and that of the wor… Continue Reading


December 22, 2010

Chairman Kerry On U.S. Travel Sanctions Against Members Of The Gbagbo Administration In Cote d’Iviore

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released a statement today on the United States imposing travel sanctions against members of the Gbagbo administration in Cote d' Iviore for failing to recognize the outcome of the November 28 election. Cote d'Ivoire's independent electoral commission and the United Nations have certified that Alassane Ouattara won the run-off presidential election. "I welcome the State Department's announcement of travel sanction… Continue Reading


December 21, 2010

Chairman Kerry On New START Cloture Vote

Washington, D.C. -Following the Senate's vote to end debate and move to final passage of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "Today's bipartisan vote clears a significant hurdle in the Senate. We are on the brink of writing the next chapter in the 40-year history of wrestling with the threat of nuclear weapons. We've spent months building toward this moment. In these final hours of de… Continue Reading


December 21, 2010

Chairman Kerry Welcomes The Formation Of A New Government In Iraq

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today welcoming the formation of Iraq's new government: "I applaud the news that an Iraqi government has finally been formed. While negotiations seemed at times interminable and distracted from Iraq's many vexing challenges, it is also worth considering what did not happen in the nine long months since the election. The commitment of Iraq's leaders to political process over viole… Continue Reading


December 21, 2010

Senators Kerry, McCain, Lieberman Condemn Human Rights Abuses In Belarus

Washington, D.C. -- Senators John Kerry (D-MA), John McCain (R-AZ), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT), all cosponsors of the Belarus Freedom Act of 2003, issued the following statement in response to the election crackdown in Belarus: "We condemn the actions and human rights abuses of the Belarusian government, which demand a strong, determined, and vocal response. We also condemn the palpable fraud that characterized Sunday's election in Belarus, which clearly violated international standards. We cal… Continue Reading


December 20, 2010

In New Letter, Admiral Mullen Reiterates Military’s Unanimous Call To Ratify New START As Soon As Possible

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today welcomed a letter in which the country's military leadership unanimously called for the ratification of the New START Treaty as soon as possible. "This should remind every one of us that this treaty is vital to our national security and to reducing the risk of nuclear weapons," said Chairman Kerry. Read the letter on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Admiral Mullen. ###… Continue Reading


December 19, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Motion For Cloture On The New START Treaty

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released the following statement after a motion for cloture was filed on the New START Treaty: "We have now spent 5 days having a very good debate on New START and proposed amendments. That is as much time as the Senate spent on START I, and more than it spent on START II and the Moscow Treaty combined, but we are looking forward to continuing the debate this week. "This is a big test of the Senate because t… Continue Reading


December 19, 2010

Chairman Kerry on New START: “Why the Delay?”

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today responded on the Senate floor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) comments about rushing the New START Treaty before Christmas. The Senate has been considering the treaty for over seven months, held over 20 hearings, and received answers to more than 900 formal questions that it submitted to the Obama administration. Highlights from the unofficial transcript of Chairman Kerry's remarks: "I wan… Continue Reading


December 16, 2010

Chairman Kerry Welcomes Progress In Afghanistan, Announces New Oversight Hearings

Washington, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Review: "The administration review provides welcome evidence of progress in key parts of Afghanistan, particularly the Taliban heartland of Kandahar, and underscores that the President's commitment to transferring authority to the Afghans has created a useful sense of urgency. At the same time, the assessment reminds us of the fragile nature of… Continue Reading


December 16, 2010

Chairman Kerry Welcomes The Release Of The First Quadrennial Diplomacy And Development Review

Washington, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued a statement in response to the State Department releasing its first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). The QDDR provides a short and long-term blueprint for U.S. diplomatic and development efforts. "I welcome the release of the State Department's first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. After nearly two years of serious and deliberate work, this review will provide an im… Continue Reading


December 15, 2010

Kerry, Levin, Feinstein Urge Colleagues To Set Aside Partisan Politics And Vote On New START

Washington, D.C. - Today, following a press conference to discuss the New Strategic Arms Reduction (New START), Senators John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statements urging their colleagues to set aside partisan politics and procedural delays to address a treaty that will help keep Americans and the world safer: Chairman Kerry said, "T… Continue Reading


December 15, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Proceeding To New START

Washington, D.C.-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released the following statement on the start of debate on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START): "Today the Senate will take up the New START Treaty. This has been a long time coming. The process began last spring. The meetings, briefings, and hearings have been exhaustive. The questions have been answered. The only question that remains is whether or not we will be remembered for approving New … Continue Reading


December 14, 2010

Chairman Kerry Welcomes Floor Debate On New START

Washington, D.C. - Following Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) announcement this afternoon regarding the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released this statement: "This comes down to a question of the Senate's will, not our capacity. The truth is, it's well past time to protect the safety of the American people and reduce the odds of a nuclear catastrophe. Now is the time to put aside political differences an… Continue Reading


December 14, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Historic Legislation To Combat Violence Against Women And Girls

Washington, D.C. -The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed bipartisan legislation written by Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) that will establish a comprehensive, five-year strategy to reduce the levels of violence against women and girls globally. The landmark International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) identifies ways to tackle the global epidemic in order to achieve real progress improving the lives of women and girls worldwide. The Committee passed the legislation by a vote of 11 … Continue Reading


December 14, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Passing Of Richard Holbrooke

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) tonight released the following statement on the passing of U.S. diplomat and special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke: "This awful news is almost incomprehensible, not least of all because I cannot imagine Richard Holbrooke in anything but a state of perpetual motion. He was always working. He was always a man on a mission, the toughest mission, and that mission was waging peace through tough as… Continue Reading


December 13, 2010

Chairman Kerry Welcomes The Appointment Of Special Advisor For Darfur

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry released the following statement today after the Administration announced the appointment of Ambassador Dane Smith as Special Advisor for Darfur: "I am pleased ­­­­­­­Special Envoy Scott Gration today announced the appointment of Ambassador Dane Smith as Special Advisor for Darfur. No one should doubt America's commitment to helping create conditions for peace and security in Darfur. The pr… Continue Reading


December 07, 2010

Chairman Kerry Delivers A Speech On U.S.-China Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a major speech on China policy today at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) stressed the need for a balanced American policy that recognizes and addresses China's strengths and weaknesses. He also urged the Chinese to use their influence to bring North Korea's behavior into line with international norms and to work together with the United States to address major issues like climate change and n… Continue Reading

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