Chairman's Press

March 28, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Disappearance Of Chinese Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today in response to the judgment by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the disappearance of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng: "I commend the thorough investigation by the independent UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention into the disappearance of Gao Zhisheng, the Chinese lawyer and human rights advocate. I am deeply concerned for Gao's welfare, and I call on the Chinese gove… Continue Reading


March 26, 2011

Op-ed By Chairman Kerry: Libya And The Just Use Of American Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed that appears in today's Wall Street Journal titled "Libya And The Just Use of American Force." The full text of the op-ed is below: Wall Street Journal Libya And The Just Use Of American Force By John Kerry The seas of people who thronged Cairo's Tahrir Square are gone now. But walking across its now-celebrated ground this week, I couldn't help but remember the inspiring scenes o… Continue Reading


March 25, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The President’s Meeting With Members Of Congress On Libya

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "This afternoon, President Obama provided senior policymakers from both parties a very thorough and substantive update on where things stand in Libya. Encouraging progress is being made in enforcing the UN Security Council Resolution and protecting the Libyan people, and the President's briefing was especially instructive for all of us. It was a candid discussion that also covered … Continue Reading


March 24, 2011

Chairman Kerry Urges Resumption Of Carefully Monitored Food Aid For North Korea

Washington, DC - Today, the UN World Food Program (WFP) released an assessment of the food situation in parts of North Korea and the results are dire. The WFP warns that six million North Koreans are in urgent need of food assistance, confirming results of a similar study by five respected U.S. non-governmental organizations conducted last month. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement urging the resumption of carefully monitored United States… Continue Reading


March 22, 2011

Chairman Kerry Honors Archbishop Romero And Notes Democratic Advances In El Salvador

Washington, DC - Marking the occasion of President Obama's visit to El Salvador, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "President Obama's visit to the tomb of Archbishop Romero is more than a homage to a Salvadoran national hero who gave his life for democracy and human rights during a period of repression and war. It is a tribute to El Salvador's historic national reconciliation and the consolidation of democracy. President Funes' elec… Continue Reading


March 21, 2011

Chairman Kerry Marks The Celebration Of Nowruz, The Persian New Year

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in celebration of Nowruz: "More than 300 million people around the world celebrate Nowruz today to mark the beginning of spring and the Persian New Year. To all those who observe Nowruz, including those in Afghanistan, Iran, and the United States, I would like to wish you Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak. Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3,000 years as a time of renewal and hope. It is … Continue Reading


March 18, 2011

Kerry on Libyan Ceasefire: “We must hold Qaddafi accountable for results, not just rhetoric.”

Washington, DC -- Following President Obama's remarks on Libya, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued this statement: "President Obama's stern ultimatum to Qaddafi is the right message. There must be a full cessation of hostilities immediately. The cease-fire announcement just hours after the UN Security Council made clear our refusal to stand by and watch a massacre, shows that when the world speaks with one voice, it can make a difference. "But Qaddafi has prov… Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

Kerry, McCain, And Lieberman Urge Swift Implementation Of U.N. Security Council Resolution

Washington, DC - Following passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing a no-fly zone and other action in Libya, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), along with Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), issued the following joint statement: "We applaud tonight's action by the UN Security Council authorizing 'all necessary measures' to impose a no-fly zone in Libya and protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of … Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

Chairman Kerry Highlights Urgent Libya Actions at Hearing on Middle East Uprisings

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing today on the "Popular Uprisings in the Middle East: The Implications for U.S. Policy." Ambassador Bill Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State, testified before the Committee. During the hearing, Kerry called on the United Nations Security Council to immediately pass a resolution that will prevent a humanitarian disaster in Libya. "In Libya, the brutal attacks on his own pe… Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

Chairman Kerry Delivers A Speech On U.S. Policy Toward The Middle East

Washington, DC - In a speech today on U.S. Policy toward the Middle East at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) stressed that the United States must play a constructive role in the process of political and economic reform in the region to help affirm the value of democracy and combat radicalism. Senator Kerry also discussed legislation he is developing with Senators McCain and Lieberman that will support the transition to … Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

Kerry Reaffirms Importance Of Pakistan Ties

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement after learning that Raymond Davis has been released by the Government of Pakistan: "This was a very important and necessary step for both of our countries to be able to maintain our relationship and remain focused on progress on bedrock national interests, and I'm deeply grateful for the Pakistani government's decision. As I said last month in my visits to Lahore and Islamabad, we de… Continue Reading


March 14, 2011

Kerry-Lugar-Udall Visa Bill Will Create Jobs in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.), today reintroduced legislation to drive job creation and increase America's global competiveness by helping immigrant entrepreneurs secure visas to the United States. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) plans to introduce companion legislation in the House. The StartUp Visa Act of 2011 will allow… Continue Reading


March 13, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Sentencing Of Alan Gross

Washington, D.C.-Yesterday, a Cuban court sentenced USAID American contractor Alan Gross to 15 years in prison for distributing satellite communications gear to Cubans in a manner that the court deemed a violation of Cuban law. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "I am disappointed that the Cuban court sentenced Alan Gross to 15 years in prison for his activities on behalf of the United States government under programs approved in 200… Continue Reading


March 11, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Devastating Earthquake And Tsunami In Japan

Washington, D.C.-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement on the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan early this morning: "Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Japan as they seek to cope with a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japan is our close friend and ally, and the United States stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Japanese people during this time of need. First responders and military forces f… Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

Kerry Legislation Will Support Economic Stability And Democracy In Egypt And Tunisia

Washington, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) joined today with Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in announcing plans to introduce legislation creating two new enterprise funds for Egypt and Tunisia. These funds support private entrepreneurs and businesses and help create jobs to further economic prosperity in both countries. This will in turn encourage the democracy movements in both countries by providing opportunity through financial investment and t… Continue Reading


March 08, 2011

Chairman Kerry Marks The 100th Anniversary Of International Women’s Day

Washington, D.C. -To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "Today, on International Women's Day, we take time not only to honor the contributions of women around the world, but to pledge our support and steadfast commitment to helping women seek equality in all aspects of society. It's no secret that around the world, the unique talents of women are undervalued. We must empower t… Continue Reading


March 08, 2011

Chairman Kerry Welcomes Talks Between Serbia And Kosovo

Washington, D.C.-Beginning today, Serbia and Kosovo will hold direct talks for the first time since Kosovo declared independence three years ago. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released a statement commending the European Union sponsored talks to address a number of disputed issues, including border transit. "A decade ago, the tragic conflict in Kosovo attracted the attention of the world," said Chairman Kerry. "Painstaking efforts by individuals on both sides o… Continue Reading


March 03, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On The Global Economy

Washington, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing this afternoon on "Navigating a Turbulent Global Economy - Implications for the United States." Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner testified before the Committee. Full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared: I'm very pleased to welcome Secretary Geithner here today. We are all aware that the economic challenges that America faces today increasingly blur the line between domestic … Continue Reading


March 03, 2011

Chairman Kerry Concerned About Efforts To Remove Muhammad Yunus From Bank Post

Washington, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement on the possible removal of Nobel-winning microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus as Managing Director of the Grameen Bank, which he founded: "I am deeply concerned by efforts to remove Muhammad Yunus as managing director of the Grameen Bank. The international community will watch this situation closely, and I hope that both sides can reach a compromise that maintains Grameen Bank's aut… Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Chairman Kerry Unveils New Financial Package To Promote Democracy In The Arab World

Washington, DC - During today's foreign affairs budget hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) unveiled plans to develop a new package of significant financial assistance to promote democracy and economic transformation in the Arab world. Chairman Kerry stated: "Events this powerful demand a response of equal power. Our commitment now to the ordinary people who are risking their lives to win human rights and democracy will be remembered for generations in the Ara… Continue Reading

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