Chairman's Press

July 26, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Cambodia Tribunal Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today in response to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia's (ECCC) sentencing of Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, to 19 years in prison: "Today's sentencing helps deliver an important message that we must steadfastly pursue justice for the victims of the world's most horrific crimes. The conviction of the head of the Khmer Rouge's most infamous prison represents a… Continue Reading


July 25, 2010

Statement By Chairman Kerry On Leaked Documents On Afghanistan And Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement this evening in response to the New York Times story on the leak of classified documents concerning Afghanistan and Pakistan: "However illegally these documents came to light, they raise serious questions about the reality of America's policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan. Those policies are at a critical stage and these documents may very well underscore the stakes and make the… Continue Reading


July 20, 2010

Key Democratic Senators Support Obama Administration’s Decision To Move Forward On U.S.-Korea Trade

Washington, D.C.---Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), East Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Webb (D-VA), Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Mark Begich (D-AK), along with five Democratic senators, today endorsed the President's call for a prompt resolution of outstanding issues to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). In a letter to President Obama, the senators argue that it is in the economic and security interests of the Un… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

Senate Foreign Relations Committee To Hold Hearing On Lockerbie Bombing

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today announced that the Committee will hold a public hearing on July 29th on the circumstances surrounding last year's release of Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, the Libyan official who was convicted of orchestrating the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988. "I opposed Megrahi's release on medical grounds last year as a travesty and the details that have emerged in recent days in the press have raised new concerns,… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

George Shultz And Sam Nunn Urge Ratification Of The New START Treaty

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today welcomed a letter co-written by former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Senator Sam Nunn who strongly endorsed the New START Treaty and called for its expeditious ratification. Shultz and Nunn also sent an identical letter to Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN). Shultz and Nunn wrote: "Noting the full support of the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and… Continue Reading


July 14, 2010

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Releases Volumes Of Previously Classified Transcripts From Vietnam Era Hearings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are releasing more than 1,000 pages of previously classified testimony and transcripts from closed hearings in 1967 and 1968, a tumultuous period in U.S. history that echoes many of the issues confronting the country today. In authorizing release of the declassified material, Senator Kerry said: "These transcripts and testimony were selected because they shed light on an important period of American history and al… Continue Reading


July 12, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Haiti Six Months Later

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the sixth month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "As we pause today to remember the lives lost and communities devastated as a result of the terrible earthquake in Haiti, we must also assess what we have done for the recovery process and how we can do better. Frankly, the results are mixed. Although the initial rescue effort was commendable for its quick response, the recon… Continue Reading


July 07, 2010

National Security Experts Disagree With Mitt Romney Ratification Of The New START Treaty Will Strengthen America’s Security

Washington, D.C.--- By opposing ratification of the New START Treaty in an op-ed in yesterday's Washington Post, Mitt Romney puts himself at odds with the vast majority of Republican and Democrat foreign policy and national security experts who have stated unequivocally that the New START Treaty will enhance America's security. Mitt Romney must know something about nuclear nonproliferation and arms control that START supporters Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of … Continue Reading


July 07, 2010

Kerry: New-START will improve our nation's security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) authored the following op-ed in today's Washington Post titled "How New-START will improve our nation's security." The full text of the op-ed is below: How New-START will improve our nation's security By John Kerry July 7, 2010 Even in these polarized times, anyone seeking the presidency should know that the security of the United States is too important to be treated as fodder for political posturing. Sadly, f… Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

Kerry and Lugar: GAO Study on Workforce Gaps at USAID Reaffirms Urgent Need to Reform Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report emphasizing the need for comprehensive strategic planning to meet workforce needs at USAID, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), who authored the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 to help address USAID's gaps in capacity, today issued the following statements: "The strength of USAID lies with its people, officers who … Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

Kerry and Lugar: GAO Study on Workforce Gaps at USAID Reaffirms Urgent Need to Reform Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report emphasizing the need for comprehensive strategic planning to meet workforce needs at USAID, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), who authored the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 to help address USAID's gaps in capacity, today issued the following statements: "The strength of USAID lies with its people, officers who … Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

Chairman Kerry Responds To Bipartisan Group Of Senators Calling For Hearings On Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) sent the following letter in response to Senator Corker's (R-TN) letter on the Committee holding hearings on the U.S. mission in Afghanistan prior to the July Fourth congressional recess: June 25, 2010 The Honorable Bob Corker US Senate 185 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Dear Senator Corker, I appreciate your letter regarding the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and your request for hearings on … Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

U.S. Senate Passes Kerry-Lugar Resolution On Kyrgyzstan

U.S. Senate Passes Kerry-Lugar Resolution On Kyrgyzstan WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the crisis in southern Kyrgyzstan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) today issued the following statements announcing the Senate's unanimous passage of a resolution calling for all parties to refrain from violence and attend to the civilians who have been displaced or injured. "We are saddened by the tragic loss of life in Kyrgyzstan and the… Continue Reading


June 24, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Passage Of Iran Sanctions Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today after passage of H.R. 2194, Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act: "Today, Congress takes an important and forceful step to address one of the most serious national security challenges to America and our allies. A nuclear armed Iran would pose an intolerable threat to our ally Israel, risk igniting an arms race in what is already one of the wor… Continue Reading


June 24, 2010

Kerry Lauds Bipartisan Group Of Former Cabinet Members And Senators Who Support The New START Treaty

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee convenes its ninth and tenth hearings today on the New START Treaty, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) lauded a statement released by thirty former high-ranking national security leaders in support of the treaty. This statement, issued by the Partnership for a Secure America, includes a bipartisan group of ten former senators, four secretaries of state, four secretaries of defense, and three national security advisors, as well as the chair an… Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

Statement on J.S. Tissainayagam’s pardon by Senators Kerry, Lugar and Casey

Washington, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, Ranking Member Dick Lugar and Subcommittee Chairman on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., today welcomed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to pardon journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who had been convicted last year and sentenced to 20 years of hard labor. Mr. Tissainayagam, a respected Sri Lankan Tamil journalist, was convicted under the country's anti-terrorism … Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Announce Second Series Of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearings On The New START Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) today released a schedule for the second round of hearings on the New START Treaty. The Committee has held five hearings thus far with current and former administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, former Secretaries of State James Baker and Henry Kissinge… Continue Reading


June 09, 2010

Chairman Kerry Congratulates Philippines President-Elect Aquino On His Election

Washington, D.C.---Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today congratulating Benigno Aquino II as the next president of the Republic of the Philippines: "I congratulate President Aquino on his election as the next president of the Republic of the Philippines. My colleagues and I look forward to working closely with the new government to advance our common interests. We hope to welcome President-elect Aquino to the United States as soon… Continue Reading


June 09, 2010

Chairman Kerry Applauds United Nations Security Council Resolution Imposing Sanctions Against Iran

WASHINGTON, DC - Following passage of United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran this morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement hailing the resolution: "I applaud today's United Nations Security Council vote to significantly expand both the scale and scope of Iran sanctions. These measures give the Obama Administration and the international community important new political and economic tools to moderate Iran's behavior and… Continue Reading


May 27, 2010

Chairman Kerry On President Obama’s National Security Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released the following statement applauding President Obama's National Security Strategy, which he said breaks decisively with the Bush-era approach to the world. Instead of casting U.S. foreign policy through the prism of conflict, the new strategy emphasizes the cooperation we need to meet the most pressing threats to our security. "President Obama's National Security Strategy restores a reality-based appro… Continue Reading

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