Chairman's Press

October 26, 2009

Excerpts From Senator John Kerry's Speech On Afghanistan

The Current Debate Is Fundamentally Flawed "In recent weeks, politics has reduced an extraordinarily complex country and mission to a simple, headline-ready "yes or no" on troop numbers. That debate is completely at odds with reality. What we need, above all, what our troops deserve-- and what we haven't had-- is a comprehensive strategy, military and civilian combined." A Smarter Approach "I am convinced from my conversations with General Stanley McChrystal that he understands the nec… Continue Reading


October 26, 2009

Chairman Kerry Delivers Speech On Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations' Washington, DC office today titled, "Afghanistan: Defining the Possibilities." Below are Chairman Kerry's remarks, as delivered: Thank you, David, for your kind introduction and more importantly for your terrific reporting over the years. David's most recent book, The Inheritance, makes the point that while President Obama took office with great prom… Continue Reading


October 23, 2009

Kerry Condemns Nicaraguan Power Grab

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement today in response to a Nicaraguan Supreme Court ruling to allow President Daniel Ortega to seek another term: "Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's manipulation of the Nicaraguan Supreme Court this week to circumvent constitutional limits on his term in office reeks of the authoritarianism of the past. Coming on the heels of universally condemned municipal elect… Continue Reading


October 22, 2009

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On NATO

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the hearing titled "NATO: A Strategic Concept for Transatlantic Security": Today we will discuss the future of our NATO alliance. Earlier this week in Afghanistan, I saw firsthand NATO's single largest present-day commitment. And let me tell you, whatever our differences, our allies have made enormous sacrifices in Afghanistan. They, too, are serving heroically.… Continue Reading


October 20, 2009

Chairman Kerry Welcomes Announcement On Sudan Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman John Kerry, who traveled to Sudan in April 2009 to meet with government officials, humanitarian workers, and Darfuris living in displaced persons camps, today released a statement on the Obama Administration's announcement of its Sudan policy: "I support the comprehensive Sudan policy announced today by the President and Secretary of State. This strategy, which will be spearheaded by the United States Special Envoy, General Scott Gration, both emphasizes the … Continue Reading


October 14, 2009

Chairman Kerry And Chairman Berman Release Joint Explanatory Statement To Accompany Enhanced Partnership With Pakistan Act Of 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today at a joint press availability, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, House Foreign Relations Chairman Howard L. Berman and Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi announced the release of a joint explanatory statement to accompany Senate Bill 1707, the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009. Chairman Kerry made the following remarks at today's press availability: "In order to set the record straight, Chairman Berman and I are today submitting a Joint Exp… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Separating Myth from Fact onThe Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009

The United States wants to transform its relationship with Pakistan into a deeper, broader, long-term strategic engagement with the people of Pakistan. The Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act (S.1707), also known as the Kerry-Lugar bill, was designed to help turn the page in our bilateral relationship by moving beyond a military relationship to one where the United States engages directly with the people of Pakistan as a true ally and friend. The heart of this bill gives the people… Continue Reading


October 07, 2009

Chairman Kerry: Empower Pakistanis now

As President Barack Obama urged Muslims to reject violent extremism in Cairo last week, a decisive shift in attitudes was already under way in Pakistan. Over the past month, the Pakistani military has waged an intensive fight against the Taliban and extremist elements in its North-West Frontier Province. This shift could be a major turning point in Pakistan's history and is a critical moment for Congress to support the Pakistani people by passing the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan A… Continue Reading


October 07, 2009

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing on Confronting Al-Qaeda

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Confronting Al-Qaeda: Understanding the Threat in Afghanistan and Beyond". Full text as delivered is below: We come together today, on -- by happenstance on the exact eighth anniversary of our entry -- ninth anniversary, really. We begin the ninth year of the war in Afghanistan -- ninth year. If my memory serves me right, I think the war in … Continue Reading


October 01, 2009

Kerry On Iran: Diplomacy, Backed By Pressure, Remains The Best Course

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) authored the following op-ed in today's Financial Times titled "Time for Diplomacy to End the Stand-off With Iran." The full text of the op-ed is below: Time for diplomacy to end the stand-off with Iran By John Kerry October 1, 2009 Today the Obama administration begins the most important American diplomatic engagement with Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The public revelation of the Qom enrichment … Continue Reading


October 01, 2009

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On Global Violence Against Women

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Violence Against Women: Global Costs and Consequences": We are here today to talk about violence against women, a subject that is too often separated from our larger discussion about global instability, insecurity and violence. We did some research, and this is the first time that violence against women, on a global scale, has been the subject… Continue Reading


September 28, 2009

Chairman Kerry: Testing Afghanistan Assumptions

, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) authored the following op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal titled "Testing Afghanistan Assumptions." The full text of the op-ed is below: Testing Afghanistan Assumptions By John Kerry September 28, 2009 In the coming weeks, President Barack Obama will make the most difficult choice a commander in chief can face: whether to send more troops into harm's way. The challenge of making the right decision was dramatized … Continue Reading


September 28, 2009

Chairman Kerry Applauds Nomination of Robert King, Special Envoy For North Korean Human Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following last week's announcement of President Obama nominating Robert King to be the Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "I applaud President Obama's nomination of Robert King to be the Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues. Bob King is exceptionally well qualified for this difficult diplomatic assignment. Congress created this position to un… Continue Reading


September 25, 2009

Chairman Kerry: "Iran Must Comply With International Demands Or Face Consequences"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to President Obama, President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Brown statement on Iran's secret nuclear fuel plant: "In light of Iran's continuing deception, the international community must step up its demands that Iran halt its enrichment and reprocessing work, answer the International Atomic Energy Agency's questions, and provide IAEA inspectors with the full … Continue Reading


September 24, 2009

Senate Unanimously Passes Kerry-Lugar Pakistan Aid Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) released the following statements following unanimous Senate passage of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act (S. 962), also known as the Kerry-Lugar Bill. "Pakistan is facing a critical moment, and today the Senate has made a clear bipartisan commitment to replace an atmosphere of mutual distrust and lack of accountability with a broad-based, durable commitment to P… Continue Reading


September 24, 2009

Kerry Applauds Passage Of United Nations' Nuclear Proliferation Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement commending the United Nations Security Council's unanimous adoption of a nonproliferation and disarmament resolution: "I commend the President for reasserting American leadership on the vital issue of nuclear nonproliferation and for securing unanimous Security Council approval of an important resolution. The world has long looked to our nation to lead in combating nuclear p… Continue Reading


September 24, 2009

Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation To Increase Nonmilitary Aid To Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) welcomed passage by the United State Senate of a revised version of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act, which will triple non-military aid Pakistan. The bill, S. 1707, updates and builds uponthe earlier S. 962 passed by the Senate in June. Senator Kerry said, "Today, by unanimous consent, the Senate passed S.1707, the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 20… Continue Reading


September 22, 2009

Kerry Statement On President Obama's Trilateral Meeting With PM Netanyahu And President Abbas

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today following President's Obama's trilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas: "President Obama has shown a commendable commitment to making Middle East peace a priority. I hope that today's meeting between President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas is the first step back to the negotiating table-and … Continue Reading


September 17, 2009

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On Countering The Threat Of Failure In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Countering the Threat of Failure in Afghanistan": Yesterday was the first in a series of hearings on Afghanistan being conducted by this Committee. We heard three compelling cases for how America should proceed. The prescriptions ranged from dramatically reducing our footprint to expanding our commitment of troops and money to a level that wou… Continue Reading


September 16, 2009

Kerry Applauds Passing Of UN Resolution To Create New Women's Agency

Washington, DC-Following three years of negotiations, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement applauding the sixty-third United Nations General Assembly's historic passage of a resolution to create one UN agency for women, which will promote women's equality and rights: "It is high time the UN bring to the forefront gender and women's issues by creating one agency. Creating a strong, consolidated UN Agency for Women headed by an Unde… Continue Reading

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